CDC Investigation Notice: Outbreak of Salmonella

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
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A CDC investigation notice regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections has been posted:

Key points:

  • 17 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis have been reported from 6 states. Eight people were hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
  • Interviews with ill people and laboratory testing information show that raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products are the likely source of this outbreak.
  • These products are labeled raw but may not look raw. They may look cooked because they might be breaded or browned.
  • People reported buying different brands of raw frozen stuffed chicken products.
  • CDC is not recommending that people avoid eating raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. We advise that you handle and cook these products safely before eating.

What You Should Do:

  • Carefully read the labels on raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products and follow cooking instructions exactly as they are written.
  • Look for words like “Raw” or “Uncooked” to know if the product is raw. The product may not look raw because it may be breaded or browned.
  • Always use an oven to cook products to an internal temperature of 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check the center, the thickest part, and the surface of the product.
  • Never use a microwave or an air fryer to cook raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. Microwaving or air frying will not always cook it thoroughly.
  • Wash your hands and any surfaces and utensils used to prepare the product with warm, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling it.

About Salmonella:

  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 6 hours to 6 days after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient is hospitalized.
  • Children younger than 5, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have severe illness.

If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.


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Page last reviewed: June 2, 2021