Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Frozen Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products

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Posted June 2, 2021

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 17
  • Hospitalizations: 8
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 6
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active
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What You Should Do

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
Symptoms of Salmonella
  • 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.