Check your freezers — you could be storing recalled chicken.
Foster Farms raw chicken products made available in Alaska have been recalled after it was confirmed they may have been contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant salmonella strain associated with illness, health officials say.
The products could be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). The recalled food was sold by retailers under the Foster Farms, private label and Sunland Chicken brand names.
- All the products have the establishment numbers P6137, P6137A or P7632 inside a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection.
- Foster Farms and private label brand-name products have “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 16 to March 31, 2014, and Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2015.
- Sunland Chicken products have “best by” dates ranging from March 7 to March 11, 2015, and Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, 2015.
The recall comes after an October 2013 health alert from the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). At the time, health officials weren’t able to pinpoint a specific product and production period associated with the illnesses.
ADEC confirmed the products were available in Alaska. As of July 2, 612 people infected with the Salmonella Heidelberg strain have been reported in 29 states — including Alaska.
Salmonella is an organism that can sometimes cause fatal infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy people who are infected can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain starting 12 to 72 hours after consuming the contaminated food, ADEC said. Thirty-six percent of ill people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.
A complete list of recalled chicken products can be found here.
Editor’s note: This story was updated July 16 after additional products were recalled.