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USDA recall of Barber frozen chicken for salmonella

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PORTLAND, Maine — Barber Foods is recalling 1,707,494 pounds of raw frozen chicken products after the U.S. Department of Agriculture received reports of a cluster of people in Minnesota and Wisconsin becoming ill with salmonella poisoning.

The Maine company said the recalled products, produced between Feb. 17 and May 20, 2015, include chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, asparagus and cheese, and ham and cheese; chicken fingers; and the company’s Chicken Kiev and Cordon Bleu.

“Although the products subject to recall may appear to be cooked, these products are in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen,” the USDA said in a statement announcing the recall.

Consumption of salmonella, one of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses, usually causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever and can last four to seven days. While most patients recover without treatment, it can be severe in those with a weakened immune system.

The recall affecting chicken in the United States and Canada was announced Monday and is an expansion of a recall announced on July 2 when 58,000 pounds of chicken was recalled. The USDA said two additional patients had been identified with the illness since then.

The recall includes meals that are made of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken packaged in six individual pouches per box; the Chicken Kiev, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken Tenders, and Chicken Broccoli Cheese are among the recalled.

The use by/sell by dates are April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016, and July 21, 2016. Lot Code numbers are 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.

The products also have the establishment number “P-276.”

You can find more information about the recall here.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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