Aspen Foods recalls nearly 2 million pounds of chicken due to salmonella concerns

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WASHINGTON (AP/KHON2) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois-based Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of raw, frozen chicken products over concerns they might be contaminated with salmonella.

The federal agency announced the recall Thursday, saying in a news release that it determined there was a link between the products and three people in Minnesota getting infected with salmonella. The agency says the products are stuffed and breaded and may appear cooked, but they are raw.

A spokeswoman with the Hawaii Dept. of Health said that the recall does not affect the islands.

The products were shipped nationwide and have the establishment number “P-1358” in the USDA inspection mark, and were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016.

The brands associated with this recall include: Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco.

The USDA said some illness was caused even after patients followed proper cooking instructions, so the USDA is recommending consumers treat this product as like a raw chicken product. Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 277-6802.

The same day, the USDA also announced Murry’s Inc. has recalled 20,000 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken nugget product that tested positive for Staphylococcal enterotoxin. This recall affects 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets” with a “Best By” date of March 25, 2016. The product, bearing establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection, was shipped to an establishment for distribution nationwide.

Earlier this week, the USDA issued a statement that Barber Foods of Maine is recalling 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken products over salmonella concerns.

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