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2005 Aspen Foods and Serenade Foods Division Stuffed Chicken

A multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis was due to the consumption of undercooked, frozen, stuffed chicken entrees. The outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteriditis was isolated from samples of the products. The chicken was distributed nationwide by Serenade Foods Division of Milford, Indiana, and Aspen Foods of Chicago, Illinois. It was believed that the breaded and browned chicken appeared cooked which led consumers to under-cook the entrees before eating them. Minnesota health officials linked the outbreak to the chicken through common food histories of case-patients and genetic fingerprinting of the bacteria. Related illnesses were reported from twelve states.

  • Outbreak began:
  • August 2005
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • Minnesota
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, Chicken, Stuffed Chicken Breast
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Yes
  • Test Results:
  • Unknown
  • Location(s):
  • Many
  • Brand Name(s):
  • Kirkwood, Maple Leaf Farms
  • Total ill:
  • 27
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Yes
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • 27
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • 0
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • 0
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 3
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0
  • Any References:
  • Yes

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