One person is dead by the recent recall, and the contaminated recalled product has infected at least 17 people. A strain of Salmonella was found during a routine federal testing check and federal health officials are concerned that this product may be in consumer's refrigerators.
We are asking our readers to check their refrigerators and freezers to be sure they do not have this dangerous product in their homes. Be sure to inform your family and friends about this potentially life-threatening recall.
The product was produced in September 2017 through June of this year, says a health alert statement posted by the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) according to “Food Safety News.”
The affected product is raw chicken packaged under Empire Kosher, and no other brands have been named by health officials at this time. Nor have health officials named the specific processing plants where the contaminated chicken was found, or who even owns the plants.
In the statement sent by FSIS, they did not disclose when the routine testing identified the Salmonella in the raw chicken samples. The outbreak led investigators to start conducting interviews. 14 people have been interviewed out of the 17 victims. All 14 consumers reported eating the chicken in recent days before becoming ill.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of nin victims with relevant information, seven reported eating the Empire Kosher brand. The CDC did not share how long they been investigating the raw chicken outbreak.
According to reports, victims of the outbreak range in ages from less than a one-year-old to 76 years old. Half of the victims had such severe symptoms that they had to be rushed to the hospital. With the one death and 11 illness, New York had been hit the hardest. Pennsylvania has four confirmed cases of illness, and Maryland and Virginia each have one case.
Empire Kosher wrote in an undated statement that they have “no data that connects this tragic event to our products…”
“CDC is not advising that people avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken and no products are being recalled,” according to Empire Kosher’s website. “Empire Kosher, along with the USDA and CDC, want to remind consumers of safe handling practices for raw chicken. When handled and cooked properly to 165 degrees F, consumers can continue to have full confidence in chicken products, including the Empire Kosher brand.”
What do you think about this? Do you have any in your refrigerator?