Black Announces Recall of Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Products

| July 17, 2015

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ATLANTA — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Barber Foods stuffed chicken products distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk to pets and consumers. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the recall information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Inspection Service (USDA FSIS):

Barber Foods is recalling approximately 1.7 million pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.

The chicken products were produced between Feb. 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015.

The product comes in a 2-pound, 4-ounce cardboard box containing six individually pouched pieces of “Barber Foods Premium Entrees Breaded-Boneless Raw Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat Kiev,” with use by/sell by dates of April 28, 2016; May 20, 2016; and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code numbers 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202. The recalled products bear the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide and Canada.

USDA FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 24. Working in conjunction with state officials in Minnesota and Wisconsin, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FSIS determined there is a link between the Barber Foods products and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, six patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin with illness onset dates ranging from April 5 to June 23, which link to the specific food products.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. In some cases, 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.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some products may be in consumers’ freezers.

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. Particular attention needs to be paid to safely prepare and cook these raw poultry products to an internal temperature of 165°F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product with a food thermometer. FSIS advises all consumers to treat these products like a raw chicken product.

Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at (844) 564-5555. Media with questions can contact Nick Vehr, Media Relations Spokesperson, at (513) 381-8347. When available, the product retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.

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