Yet another company has announced a recall of 1.9 million pounds of chick products after three people in Minnesota were infected with salmonella enteritidis after eating the company’s cordon bleu stuffed chicken breast. Aspen Foods is the second chicken product company to formally announce a recall after Barber Foods had to recall 1.7 million pounds of frozen, stuffed and raw chicken products not too long ago.
Aspen’s products are distributed nationwide under brand names like Sysco, Safeway Kitchens, Kirkwood and Antioch Farms. Some of these brands may be familiar because many are sold by large box stores in bulk. All of the frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items being recalled were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016.
This recall comes a little late when one considers that the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was first notified of the cluster of salmonella cases in Minnesota on June 23, and it was known that the cases were related to Aspen Foods. Although most of the product is supposed to be cooked already, the fact that some of it is actually raw means that it could cross-contaminate in the kitchen, making others very susceptible to getting sick.
The Aspen Foods and Barber Foods recalls are not uncommon in the chicken industry, as salmonella contamination has been an ongoing problem in American chicken production. IN July/2014 Foster Farms suffered an outbreak in California. This caused the USDA to be stricter in governing the poultry industry.