Over 59,000 Pounds of Frozen Chicken Sold at Aldi and Other Stores Have Been Recalled
It's time to check your freezer.
Frozen chicken can make cooking easy, especially when it comes already breaded and stuffed. However, as with all meat products, the frozen chicken we pick up at the grocery store can pose some health risks. It’s important to make sure you follow food safety standards while cooking raw meat, because undercooked food can lead to food poisoning.
Unfortunately, if you’ve recently bought any frozen, raw, breaded and stuffed chicken, it’s time to take a look in your freezer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced a recall of 59,251 pounds of frozen, raw chicken products.
What Caused This Recall?
The chicken has been due to possible salmonella contamination. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonellosis, an illness caused by food contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Unopened intact packages of raw, frozen, breaded chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese were collected from a sick person’s home, and tested positive for salmonella. That lead the manufacturer, Serenade Foods, to announce a chicken recall.
This is how to know if you have food poisoning or a stomach bug.
How Do I Know If I Bought Affected Product?
The frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken items were sold at numbers grocery stores, including Aldi, Meijer and Walmart stores. All products have the establishment number “P-2375” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s mark of inspection.
|Product Name||Size||Lot Code||Best by Date|
|Dutch Farms Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese||5-oz||BR 1055||FEB 24, 2023|
|MILFORD VALLEY CHICKEN WTH BROCCOLI & CHEESE||5-oz||BR 1055||FEB 24, 2023|
|MILFORD VALLEY CHICKEN CORDON BLEU||10-oz||CB 1055||FEB 24, 2023|
|KIRKWOOD Raw Stuffed CHICKEN, BROCCOLI & CHEESE||5-oz||BR 1055||FEB 24, 2023|
|KIRKWOOD Raw Stuffed CHICKEN CORDON BLEU||5-oz||CB 1056||FEB 25, 2023|
Right now, the outbreak appears to be most serious in the Midwest, but 28 illnesses related to this outbreak have been reported in eight states so far:
- New York
This outbreak investigation is ongoing, so keep an eye on the CDC’s website for updates.
What Should I Do Next?
This is important—do not cook or eat affected products. You should throw them away immediately or return them to the place you purchased them from. If you have questions about the recall, you can contact the Serenade Foods Hotline at (866) 873-7589.
Keep in mind that while frozen chicken products often appear cooked, they may need to be fully cooked before you eat them. Be sure to read labels carefully and cook all meat to a food safe temperature before you serve or eat it—for chicken, that’s 165°F.