The investigation began when a person was diagnosed with Salmonella Enteritidis on October 9, 2014. Working in conjunction with state and federal health officials, six more cases in Minnesota were identified, including one person who was hospitalized.
All of the illnesses began in August or September 2014. All six people reported food poisoning after eating raw chicken Kiev under the Antioch Farms brand-name, sold by the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats.
Samples of the product that were collected during the investigation confirmed contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis. A recall was issued for products that were sold in single 5-ounce packages with a USDA code of “P-1358.”
It is unknown if the outbreak-strain is drug-resistant, but in recent years hundreds of people have been infected by antibiotic-resistant Salmonella. Safety advocates are pushing the USDA to declare drug-resistant Salmonella to be an adulterant that is not allowed in food (similar to E. coli).
Currently, the USDA can only order a recall for Salmonella-contaminated chicken if they can prove that a specific product was contaminated with the same strain of Salmonella that caused an illness.
Health officials warn:
“Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days.”
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