Serenade Foods is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw chicken products for possible salmonella contamination.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the Milford, Indiana company’s voluntary recall on its website late Monday.
Five products are included in the recall under three brand names: Dutch Farms Chicken, Milford Valley Chicken and Kirkwood, which is an Aldi store brand. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide, but a list of the retailers that sold the affected products was not included with the recall notice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in early June that it was investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella illnesses, which the federal agency linked to raw, frozen, breaded, stuffed chicken products. The USDA also issued a public health alert June 2.
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According to the USDA, there have been 28 illnesses in eight states. The CDC investigation notice last updated June 2 identified six states for having illnesses: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and New York.
The frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken items were produced on Feb. 24 and Feb. 25 and include the establishment number “P- 2375” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
“The products of concern may appear to be ready-to-eat but are in fact raw and need to be fully cooked according to the manufacturer cooking instructions on the package before consumption,” the recall notice said. “The labels for these products identify cooking instructions for preparation in an oven. The products should not be prepared in the microwave or air fryer.”
Most people who get ill from salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps six hours to six days after being exposed to the bacteria, according to the CDC. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment.
In July, Tyson chicken recalled nearly 9 million pounds of frozen and cooked chicken products. Other products recalled in July include Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen, muffins, carrots, select McCormick seasonings and dog food.
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Frozen chicken recall
The following products are part of Serenade Foods’ voluntary recall. They all include the establishment number “P- 2375” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
- 5-ounce individually plastic-wrapped packages of “Dutch Farms Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese” with lot code BR 1055 and “BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023.”
- 5-ounce individually plastic-wrapped packages of “MILFORD VALLEY CHICKEN WTH BROCCOLI & CHEESE” with lot code BR 1055 and “BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023.”
- 10-ounce box of two individually plastic-wrapped packages of “MILFORD VALLEY CHICKEN CORDON BLEU” with lot code CB 1055 and “BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023.”
- 5-ounce individually plastic-wrapped packages of “KIRKWOOD Raw Stuffed CHICKEN, BROCCOLI & CHEESE” with lot code BR 1055 and “BEST IF USED BY FEB 24 2023.”
- 5-ounce individually plastic-wrapped packages of “KIRKWOOD Raw Stuffed CHICKEN CORDON BLEU” with lot code CB 1056 and “BEST IF USED BY FEB 25 2023.”