Last week, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert raising concerns about illness caused by Salmonella that may be associated with raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The alert was initiated after an investigation and testing conducted by the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture determined there was an association between products such as chicken cordon blue and chicken breast kiev and 32 illnesses in Minnesota and 11 other states.
The stuffed chicken entrees in question were labeled with instructions identifying the product as uncooked, and did not include microwave instruction for preparation. The individuals who became ill did not follow the cooking instructions and reportedly used a microwave to prepare the product.
In connection with the alert, the FSIS provided these recommendations for preventing salmonellosis: