Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Frozen Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products
Posted June 2, 2021
- Illnesses: 17
- Hospitalizations: 8
- Deaths: 0
- States: 6
- Recall: No
- Investigation status: Active
Carefully read the labels on raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. Always cook poultry products to an internal temperature of 165°F. Never eat raw or undercooked poultry.
- Follow cooking instructions exactly as they are written on the label.
- Use an oven to cook raw chicken products thoroughly to 165°F.
- Never use a microwave or an air fryer to cook raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. Microwaving or air frying will not always cook a raw product thoroughly.
- Read the label carefully.
- Look for words like “Raw” or “Uncooked” to know if the product is raw.
- The product may not look raw. It may look because it might be breaded or browned.
- Use a food thermometer to check that the product has reached an internal temperature of 165°F, checking at the center, the thickest part, and the surface of the product.
- Color is NOT a reliable indicator that poultry has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria.
- Wash your hands and any surfaces and utensils used to prepare the product with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling the raw product.
- Keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked before eating.
For all raw poultry products (frozen or fresh), follow these four food safety stepsexternal icon:
- Clean: Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces often when handling and cooking raw poultry.
- Separate: Keep food that won’t be cooked separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
- Cook: Use a food thermometer to make sure you have cooked your food to a temperature high enough to kill germsexternal icon.
- Chill: Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. Thaw food in the refrigerator in cold water and never on the counter.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these severe Salmonella symptoms:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not peeing much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
- Most people infected with Salmonella experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
- Symptoms usually start 6 hours to 6 days after swallowing the bacteria.
- Most people recover without treatment after 4 to 7 days.
- Some people – especially children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems – may experience more severe illnesses that require medical treatment or hospitalization.
- For more information about Salmonella, see the Salmonella Questions and Answers page.