Six people in Illinois are part of a multistate frozen, breaded chicken Salmonella outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Items associated with this outbreak include frozen chicken cordon bleu, chicken Kiev and chicken broccoli and cheese products sold at grocery stores.


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Illinois Breaded Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection usually appear within six to 72 hours of eating contaminated food. They include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 3 to 83 years old, first experienced symptoms of a Salmonella infection on dates ranging from February 21, 2021, to May 7, 2021.

The patients reported eating a variety of breaded chicken products sold at multiple stores. So far, one product has been confirmed to contain the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enetriditis – Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu. Kirkwood products are sold at ALDI stores.

Investigating the outbreak, Minnesota Agriculture Department investigators bought several items and tested them. They found the outbreak strain in two samples of Kirkwood’s Chicken Cordon Bleu. These items have not been recalled and are still being sold at ALDI stores. At least some of them are made by Serenade Foods in Milford, IN, according to product label information.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) said it needs more information before it can request a recall from the company. This information would include purchase documentation and shopper records, the agency said. USDA-FSIS has issued a “Public Health Alert” for all frozen, stuffed, breaded chicken products.

The number of people sickened in this outbreak is likely much higher than the confirmed case total, according to the CDC. The confirmed case count from each state so far is Arizona (1), Illinois (6), Indiana (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), and New York (2).

Six years ago, two people in Illinois were part of seven-state Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber frozen, stuffed breaded chicken.

Salmonella in Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu sold at ALDI

Severe Salmonella Symptoms

With a hospitalization rate that is three times the average, the people sickened in this outbreak are experiencing severe infections. If you have eaten a Kirkwood chicken cordon bleu or other stuffed, breaded chicken entrée and develop any of the following severe Salmonella symptoms, see a doctor right away.

  • Diarrhea that lasts more than three days that isn’t  improving
  • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
  • Vomiting and can’t keep liquids down
  • Dehydration (decreased urination, dry mouth, feeling dizzy when standing up)

Free Salmonella Lawsuit Consultation

If you contracted a Salmonella Enetriditis infection from Kirkwood chicken cordon bleu or another contaminated breaded chicken product and would like a free consultation with an experienced Salmonella lawyer, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team. We have represented clients in every major Salmonella outbreak in the U.S. You can reach us by calling 1-888-377-8900, sending a text to 612-261-0856, or by completing the form below. There is no obligation and we don’t get paid unless we win.

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