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Schreiber Processing Company, MealMart Brand, Kosher Broiled Chicken Livers 2011

An outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg was associated with eating broiled chicken liver or chopped chicken liver produced by the Schreiber Processing Company under the MealMart brand. As of November 16, 109 cases were identified in New York, 62 cases in New Jersey, 10 cases in Pennsylvania, 6 cases in Maryland, 2 cases in Ohio, and 1 case in Minnesota. Consumers believed that the product was fully cooked, however it was not. The product should have been heated before eating. The outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in samples of kosher broiled chicken livers and in samples of chopped chicken liver made from the same broiled chicken liver. In stores, “broiled chicken livers” are often re-packaged and sold in smaller quantities or are used to prepare chopped liver sold at deli-style establishments.

  • Outbreak began:
  • January 2011
  • Affected Country:
  • US
  • Affected States/Territories:
  • New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
  • Organism(s):
  • Salmonella
  • Vehicle(s):
  • Poultry, Chicken, Liver
  • Molecular Results Available:
  • Unknown
  • Test Results:
  • None
  • Location(s):
  • Private Home
  • Brand Name(s):
  • MealMart
  • Product Subject to Recall:
  • Yes
  • Total ill:
  • 190
  • Number ill by Case Definition Known:
  • Unknown
  • Number Laboratory Confirmed Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Probable Cases:
  • N/A
  • Number Possible Cases:
  • N/A
  • Anyone Hospitalized:
  • Yes
  • Number Hospitalized:
  • 30
  • Any Deaths:
  • No
  • Number Dead:
  • 0

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