The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) has been notified that Barber Foods is recalling nearly two million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The affected products have been linked to at least six illnesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. No illnesses linked to the products have been reported in Rhode Island, but the recalled products were sold in Rhode Island stores, including Stop and Shop, Shaw's, Walmart, and Sam's Club. The chicken products were produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. Anyone who has purchased a recalled product should throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.
Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment; however, the diarrhea may be so severe that some patients may need to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and people with a weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe illness. Anyone who has symptoms of salmonellosis should contact their healthcare provider.
HEALTH reminds everyone that chicken must be cooked properly to a temperature of 165° F, and it is important to wash hands with soap and warm water after handling raw chicken. In addition, any kitchen surface or cooking utensil that comes in contact with raw chicken products should be properly cleaned and sanitized before the next use.
Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 564-5555.