Salmonella in frozen chicken cordon bleu, chicken Kiev and chicken broccoli and cheese products has sickened four people in Minnesota. These Minnesota breaded chicken Salmonella illnesses are part of a multistate Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen, stuffed, breaded chicken items that includes 17 people in eight states.


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Minnesota Breaded Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The 17 patients sickened in this outbreak range in age from 3 to 83 years old. They told health officials that they first developed symptoms on dates ranging from February 21, 2021, to May 7, 2021. The number of cases confirmed from each state so far is Arizona (1), Illinois (6), Indiana (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), and New York (2).

Investigators from the Minnesota Agriculture Department found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enetriditis in Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu. Kirkwood is an ALDI store brand. Product label information indicates that at least some of the Kirkwood breaded chicken products sold at ALDI are made by Serenade Foods in Milford, IN.

Kirkwood is likely not the only brand that will be associated with this outbreak. During interviews with health officials, the people sickened in this outbreak reported buying a variety of brands from multiple stores.

At this time, there is no recall. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) said it will need more information such as purchase documentation, shopper records, or other traceable information; before it can request a recall. Instead, the agency has issued a “before it can request a recall from the company. Instead, the agency has a “Public Health Alert” for all frozen, stuffed, breaded chicken products.

Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu Salmonella

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Previous Minnesota Breaded Chicken Salmonella Outbreaks

This is not the first time contaminated frozen, breaded chicken items have sickened Minnesotans. Since 2014, there have been four outbreaks linked to these products, and Minnesotans have been sickened in all of them. Maybe that’s why Minnesota health officials have played pivotal roles in solving all of these outbreaks.

In 2014, a Salmonella outbreak linked to Antioch Farms chicken Kiev sickened six people in Minnesota, hospitalizing two of them. The Antioch Farms chicken Kiev was made by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Meats.

Two outbreaks in 2015 both included case-patients in Minnesota. One was again linked to products made by Aspen Foods. The breaded chicken products in that outbreak, which sickened five people in Minnesota, were sold under a variety of brand names including: Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco.  The other 2015 breaded chicken Salmonella outbreak was linked to products produced by Barber Foods. That seven-state outbreak included eight cases in Minnesota.

Finally, a 2018 breaded chicken Salmonella outbreak included four illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. That outbreak was  linked to frozen stuffed, breaded chicken entrees sold at pop-up locations of Ruby’s Pantry. 

Salmonella Symptoms

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, called salmonellosis, usually appear within six to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. They include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea. The hospitalization rate for this outbreak is three times the average. This means patients are experiencing severe infections. See a doctor right away if you have eaten a Kirkwood chicken cordon bleu or other stuffed, breaded chicken entrée and develop any of the following severe Salmonella symptoms.

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Diarrhea lasting more than three days that is not improving
  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Vomiting so much you can’t keep liquids down
  • Signs of dehydration, such as decreased urination, dry mouth, feeling dizzy when standing up

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