Kosher Chicken Connected to Salmonella Outbreak

Kosher Chicken Connected to Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC says 17 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and NY.

The outbreak has sickened 17 people in NY (11), Pennsylvania (4), Maryland (1) and Virginia (1) as of Monday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, the agency began an outbreak investigation in June after several cases were reported in NY among people who said they had consumed kosher chicken. Most people recover without treatment, but in some cases, diarrhea is so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The CDC's notice said known illness onset dates range from September 25, 2017, through June 4 this year.

While we have no data that connects this tragic event to our products, we have been cooperating fully with the United States Department of Agriculture - Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they investigate a multistate Salmonella outbreak. NY has been hardest hit, with 11 illnesses and one death.

Salmonella was found in samples of raw chicken collected by the CDC at two facilities, including one that processes Empire Kosher chicken. Still, she says "even one sickness" is too many if it was definitively caused by the company's products.

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Despite the reports, however, the CDC said it is "not advising that people avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken".

If you're anxious about the possibility of a Salmonella infection, know the symptoms: most people develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria, and the illness typically lasts four to seven days. Nine gave the chicken brand, with seven reporting they got sick after consuming Empire Kosher brand chicken.

Those sickened with salmonella ranged in ages from 76 years old to less than a year old.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers".

The CDC recommends always handling raw chicken carefully and cooking it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning.

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