Salmonella Outbreaks Prompt Chicken Recall
A salmonella outbreak has left seven ill in three different states, prompting a massive chicken recall.
About the Salmonella Outbreak
Two separate salmonella outbreaks have sickened seven people in three states, leaving two hospitalized.
Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin have been affected by the outbreaks and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA), and the Minnesota Department of Health are working together to investigate.
These outbreaks have prompted Barber foods to recall 1.7 million pounds of chicken products, reports CNN. The recalled items were produced between February 17 and May 20 of this year and are sold under many different brands throughout the U.S. and Canada, such as Sysco, Safeway Kitchens, Kirkwood, and Antioch farms. The USDA provides a full list of brands on their website.
Salmonella Stats and Facts
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- The CDC estimates that 1 million people fall ill due to salmonella every year.
- 19,000 people a year are hospitalized due to illness caused by salmonella.
- Salmonella causes 380 deaths per year.
- Symptoms of salmonella illness appear 12 to 72 hours after infection and include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.
- Illness due to salmonella infection lasts 4 to 7 days and most patients do not require treatment.
- Infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable to severe salmonella infection. These individuals are the most likely to require medication or hospitalization if taken ill by the bacteria.
- To avoid salmonella infection, health officials advise that all poultry, ground beef, and eggs are cooked thoroughly to kill the salmonella bacteria. This involves cooking these foods until their internal temperature surpasses 160 degrees Fahrenheit for ground beef and 165 degrees for poultry.
- Health officials advise that consumers not consume raw eggs or unpasteurized milk to avoid infection.
- Hand washing and adequate meat and poultry refrigeration also help protect consumers from salmonella infection.