Serenade Foods is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded, and pre-browned stuffed chicken products that could be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.
According to a CNN news report, the products were produced on Feb. 25 and Feb. 25 and were shipped to distributors across the country. They were sold at retailers nationwide including Aldi.
The recall was issued after a spate of reports involving consumers eating the chicken products and then suffering illnesses, sparking a bacteria investigation.
28 People Report Sickness
The recalled products include specific lots of the Dutch Farms Chicken with Broccoli and Cheese packages, Milford Valley Chicken with Broccoli and Cheese, Milford Valley Chicken Cordon Bleu, Kirkwood Raw Stuffed Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese, and Kirkwood Raw Stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is concerned that some of these products may still be in people’s freezers and has urged consumers not to eat them.
The agency is encouraging people to throw away these products or return them to the place of purchase. USDA officials also said they are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health officials to investigate an outbreak of 28 Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses across eight different states.
People became sick between Feb. 21 and June 28. Investigators collected unopened intact packages of raw, frozen, breaded chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese from an ill person’s home, which tested positive for the bacteria.
If You Have Been Affected
Consuming food that is contaminated with salmonella bacteria can cause an illness called salmonellosis, which could cause symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the product. While some may recover without treatment, others may suffer diarrhea so severe that they may require hospitalization. Older adults, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to severe illness.
If you are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis, it is important that you contact your medical provider right away and undergo diagnostic testing. It is also important that you report your illness to your local healthcare agency, which tracks these types of food-borne illnesses.
When a contaminated or defective product causes food poisoning, victims can seek compensation from the food producer, manufacturer, and distributor. Damages that can be sought include medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.