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Another massive recall of chicken products

Another massive recall of chicken products
Aspen Foods announced that it is recalling 1.9 million pounds of chicken products because of salmonella concerns. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

On the heels of Barber Foods' recall of 1.7 million pounds of frozen, stuffed, raw chicken products, Aspen Foods announced that it is recalling 1.9 million pounds of similar products after three people in Minnesota were infected with Salmonella enteritidis after eating the company's cordon bleu stuffed chicken breast.

Aspen’s products were distributed nationwide under brand names including Sysco, Safeway Kitchens, Kirkwood and Antioch Farms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has posted the complete list of recalled products online. 

The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items were produced between April 15, 2015, and July 10, 2015, with "best if used by" dates between July 14, 2016, and Oct. 10, 2016. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped to both retail stores and food service locations.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was first notified of a cluster of salmonella cases in Minnesota related to Aspen Foods, a division of Chicago-based Koch Poultry Co., on June 23, according to a statement from the USDA.

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According to the statement, "FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be in consumers' freezers. Although the product subject to recall may appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen."

Consumers can contact the company directly at (844) 277-6802.

Salmonella contamination has been an ongoing problem for the country's chicken producers. A recent Foster Farms salmonella outbreak in California lasted 18 months and sickened more than 600 people, prompting the USDA to establish new stricter rules governing poultry industry practices.

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