Serenade Foods of Milford, IN has issued a recall for breaded, stuffed chicken products sold under the brand names Kirkwood, Milford Valley, and Dutch Farms in connection with a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 28 people in eight states. These products were sold in the freezer sections at ALDI and other stores including Al’s, ALDI, County Market, Martin’s Meijer, Save A Lot, Strack & Van Til and Walmart stores.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious illness.


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Previous Serenade Foods Salmonella Outbreak

Food Poisoning Bulletin is a food safety news site sponsored by Pritzker Hageman. On June 4, 2021, it was the first news outlet in the nation to identify Serenade Foods as the maker of products associated with this multistate Salmonella outbreak which includes illnesses in Arizona, Connecticut,  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and New York.

As noted in that story, this outbreak is not the first to be linked to frozen, breaded chicken products produced by Serenade Foods. In 2006, Kirkwood stuffed, breaded chicken products, made by Serenade Foods, were recalled in connection with a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak that also included products made by Aspen Foods of Chicago. That Salmonella outbreak sickened 29 people in Minnesota and Michigan.

The number of cases reported from each state in the current outbreak is: Arizona (1), Connecticut (1), Illinois (9), Indiana (4), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), Nevada (1), and New York (7). Eleven people have been hospitalized.

Minnesota Plays a Key Role

The Minnesota Agriculture and Health departments have played a role in solving every recent Salmonella outbreak linked to breaded, stuffed chicken products. While investigating this outbreak, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis in Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu, according to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its June 2 announcement of this outbreak. Kirkwood is an ALDI store brand.

At that time, 17 illnesses in six states had been reported among people who had eaten breaded, stuffed chicken products before they became ill. But a recall wasn’t issued.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS), the federal agency that regulates the nation’s meat and poultry supply, said the test results alone weren’t enough to warrant a request for a recall from the company.

“At this time, the production lots tested in Minnesota are not known to have been purchased by any of the case patients. FSIS has not received any purchase documentation, shopper records, or other traceable information at this time,” the agency stated in a “Public Health Alert” for frozen, stuffed, breaded chicken products.

The Public Health Alert did not name Kirkwood, ALDI, or any other brand name or store. Instead, it was a general reminder for consumers to handle raw poultry safely. So, until today, these products remained on the market. And the outbreak grew to include at least 11 more illnesses and two additional states.

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Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu Salmonella

Serenade Foods Breaded, Stuffed Chicken Recall

In the Serenade Foods recall issued today, USDA FSIS states that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis was found in unopened intact packages of raw, frozen, breaded chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese that were collected from an outbreak patient’s home. This is the threshold the agency likes to meet before requesting a recall.

The recall issued in association with the ongoing Salmonella outbreak includes 59,251 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded, and pre-browned stuffed chicken products produced on February 24, 2021, and February 25, 2021, at Serenade’s plant in Milford, IN. The establishment number “P- 2375” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled products were sold under three brand names -Dutch Farms, Milford Valley, and Kirkwood.

Dutch Farms Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese Recall

  • 5-oz individually plastic-wrapped packages
  • lot code BR 1055 and BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023

Salmoella lawyer -Dutch Farms chicken broccoli and cheese recall

Milford Valley Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese Recall

  • 5-oz individually plastic-wrapped packages
  • lot code BR 1055 and BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023

Salmonella Lawyer- Milford Valley Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Recall

Milford Valley Chicken Cordon Bleu Recall

  • 10-oz box of two individually plastic-wrapped packages
  • lot code CB 1055 and BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023Salmonella lawyer- Milford Valley chicken cordon bleu recall

Kirkwood Chicken Broccoli & Cheese Recall

  • 5-oz individually plastic-wrapped packages
  • lot code BR 1055 and BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023

Salmonella lawyer- Kirkwood chicken broccoli and cheese recall

Kirkwood Chicken Cordon Bleu Recall

  • 5-oz individually plastic-wrapped packages
  • lot code CB 1056 and BEST IF USED BY FEB 25 2023

Salmonella lawyer - Kirkwood chicken cordon bleu recall

 

Salmonella Symptoms

Symptoms of a Salmonella infection, which include abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea, usually appear within six to 72 hours of eating contaminated food.  The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 3 to 83 years old, reported the onset of symptoms on dates ranging from February 21, 2021, to June 28, 2021.

Experienced Salmonella Lawyers

If you or a family member developed a Salmonella infection from contaminated breaded chicken items, please contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella Legal Team for a free consultation. 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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