On February 21, 2018, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., of Ackley, Iowa, recalled approximately 20,630 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad products that may be contaminated with Salmonella typhimurium.
The ready-to-eat chicken salad items were produced on various dates between January 2, 2018, and February 7, 2018. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-21011” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to Fareway grocery stores in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, and South Dakota.
On February 9, 2018, FSIS was notified by health officials in Iowa of an investigation of Salmonella typhimurium illnesses. The Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals, and Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory determined that there was a link between the chicken salad from Triple T Specialty Meats, Inc., and this outbreak. Based on an epidemiological investigation, 37 confirmed case patients have been identified in Iowa, with illness onset dates ranging from January 14, 2018, to February 6, 2018. Results are pending on whether the outbreak strain is resistant to antibiotics. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and Department of Public Health issued a joint Consumer Advisory Issued for Chicken Salad Purchased at Fareway grocery stores on February 13, 2018, advising consumers to throw away any remaining chicken salad product. The chicken salad product subject to recall was purchased between January 4, 2018, and February 9, 2018, in various weight containers from the deli sections in Fareway grocery stores.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever arising within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In some persons, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
The USDA FSIS has classified this recall as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall. A Class I recall involves a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
See the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Announcement
See the CDC Multistate Outbreak Report
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