Barber Foods, Portland, Maine, is expanding the recall it initially issued on July 2 on raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The earlier recall involved 58,320 pounds of Barber Foods products, but the expanded recall involves an estimated 1,707,494 pounds of products.
The chicken products were produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015.
Since the original recall, two more case-patients have been identified. The scope of this recall expansion now includes all products associated with contaminated source material.
The following product is subject to recall: 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of “BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV” with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide and Canada.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 24, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products from Barber Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, six case-patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin with illness onset dates ranging from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015 that link to the specific Barber Foods products. FSIS continues to work with public health partners on this investigation.