Frozen Chicken Dinners Lead to Salmonella Poisoning
32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning after failing to properly cook frozen chicken dinners, the Associated Press reported.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a health warning, citing frozen dishes in which the chicken is raw, but breaded or pre-browned. These dishes which appear to be cooked include "chicken cordon bleu," "chicken Kiev," or other varieties of stuffed chicken breasts.
The warning as issued on Friday after Minnesota officials discovered the link between the chicken dinners and salmonella illnesses in Minnesota and the additional 11 states.
A Star Tribune report on the Minnesota illnesses provides further details on the salmonella outbreak.
Since July, 14 cases of salmonella have been linked to the frozen chicken entrees, the Minnesota Department of Health said. All 14 have recovered.
The chicken products in questions were made by Milford Valley Farms, who has been linked to six salmonella outbreaks in the state since 1998, the Health Department said.
Kirk Smith, a supervisor of the foodborne disease unit, urged consumers to avoid using microwaves to cook raw poultry.
In Minnesota, most brands of the affected products no longer say the products are microwaveable.