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News Release

Barber Foods Recalls Stuffed Chicken Products Due To Possible Salmonella Enteritidis Contamination

Class I Recall 096-2015
Health Risk: High Jul 12, 2015

Congressional and Public Affairs 
Gabrielle N. Johnston
(202) 720-9113

 


EDITORS NOTE: This release is being reissued to expand the July 2, 2015 recall to include additional products. Details of this release were also updated to reflect a change in poundage, epidemiological information and distribution area.

 

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2015 – Barber Foods, a Portland, Maine establishment, is recalling approximately 1,707,494 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The chicken products were produced between February 17, 2015 and May 20, 2015. To view a full list of products recalled as part of this expansion, please click here PDF | XLS | View Labels.

Since the original recall on July 2, 2015, two more case-patients have been identified. The scope of this recall expansion now includes all products associated with contaminated source material.

On July 2, 2015, Barber Foods recalled approximately 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed chicken items produced on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

  • 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of “BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV” with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

FSIS was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 24, 2015. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products from Barber Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, six case-patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin with illness onset dates ranging from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015 that link to the specific Barber Foods products. FSIS continues to work with public health partners on this investigation.

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 within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 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.

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 a temperature of 165° F checking at the center, the thickest part and the surface of the product.

These frozen, raw, stuffed chicken products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was raw and included cooking instructions for preparation. Some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises all consumers to treat these products like a raw chicken product. Hands and any surfaces, including surfaces that may have breading dislodged from the products, should be cleaned after contact with these raw products. Also, keep raw poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw poultry and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 564-5555. Media with questions can contact Nick Vehr, Media Relations Spokesperson, at (513) 381-8347.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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PRODUCT LABELS. Label images are available in PDF. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

PRODUCT LIST

Brand Product Name Package Type & Size Use By Case Code Production Date
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/17/2016 0950482203 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Crème Brie Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/17/2016 0950482205 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Canada Cordon Swiss Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/17/2016 0950482202 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/17/2016 0950482204 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 6/6oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/17/2016 0950482102 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6/6oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/17/2016 0950482101 2/17/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders Crunchie Case - 10 lb Immediate use 0950491101 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders Italian Case - 10 lb Immediate use 0950491104 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/18/2016 0950492202 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Kiev Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/18/2016 0950492201 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders Italian Dual Label Case - 10 lb Immediate use 0950491103 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 8-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/18/2016 0950492101 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 8-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/18/2016 0950492102 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders Jumbo Crunchie Case - 10 lb Immediate use 0950491102 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 8-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/18/2015 0950492101 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Bulk Combos for Further Processing - Cooking Immediate use 0950492203 2/18/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6/5oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/19/2016 0950502104 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Asparagus and Cheese Carton - 6/5oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/19/2016 0950502102 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 24-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950501103 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Carton - 24-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950501101 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 24-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950501102 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Case - 18-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950504001 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Kiev #2 Case - 9lb Immediate use 0950501101 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese #2 Case - 9lb Immediate use 0950501102 2/19/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Case - 24-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950511101 2/20/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Case - 20-6oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950512202 2/20/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Case - 20-6oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950512201 2/20/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-6oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/20/2016 0950512102 2/20/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-6oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/20/2016 0950512203 2/20/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/23/2016 0950542202 2/23/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders - Italian Carton - 12-48oz 5/23/2016 0950541101 2/23/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Combo - Bulk for further processing Immediate use 0950542102 2/23/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Combo - Bulk for further processing Immediate use 0950542101 2/23/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders - Italian Chicken Tenders - Italian Immediate use 0950551103 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/24/2016 0950552202 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Crème Brie Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/24/2016 0950552203 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Asparagus and Cheese Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/24/2016 0950552201 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Tenders - Italian Dual Label Case - 10 lb Immediate use 0950551102 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/24/2016 0950552101 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Chicken Fingers Carton - 12-48oz 5/24/2016 0950551101 2/24/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 2-4oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950562202 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950562201 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950564006 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950562102 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950562101 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950564002 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/25/2016 0950561101 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu #2 Case - 11.25 lb Immediate use 0950561101 2/25/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Case - 24-7oz Immediate use 0950572102 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Case - 24-7oz Immediate use 0950572106 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Case - 36-4oz Immediate use 0950572109 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon bleu Carton - 6-6oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/26/2016 0950571101 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Kiev Case - 36-4oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572108 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Case - 24-7oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572104 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu Case - 24 -7 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572103 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Royale Case - 36 -4oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572101 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu Case - 24 -7oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572107 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu Case 24 -7 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch Immediate use 0950572105 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu #2 Case 11.25 lb Immediate use 0950571101 2/26/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Case - 6 -6oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/27/2016 0950582101 2/27/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-6 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/27/2016 0950582201 2/27/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu Carton - 6-6 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 5/27/2016 0950581101 2/27/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Bleu #2 Case 11.25 lb Immediate use 0950581101 2/27/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Blue Carton - 6-6 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 6/3/2016 0950621101 3/3/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Swiss Carton 8 -5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 3/1/2016 0950612101 3/3/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 6-6 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 6/22/2016 0950844001 3/25/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Blue #2 Case 11.25 lb Immediate use 0951000001 4/10/2015
Barber Foods Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 4/29/2016 0951214008 5/1/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Swiss Case - 24 -5 oz individually wrapped pouch 5/10/2016 0950844001 5/11/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Swiss Carton - 6-6 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 8/12/2016 0951354002 5/15/2015
Barber Foods Cordon Blue Case - 24 -7 oz N/A 0951402205 5/20/2015
Loblaw Ham and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 3/2/2016 0950622202 3/3/2015
Loblaw Garlic Butter Carton - 2 -5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 3/2/2016 0950622201 3/3/2015
Loblaw Broccoli and Cheese Carton 2 -5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 3/2/2016 0950622203 3/3/2015
Loblaw No Name Ham and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/19/2016 0950502203 2/19/2015
Loblaw No Name Garlic Butter Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/19/2016 0950502201 2/19/2015
Loblaw No Name Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/19/2016 0950502202 2/19/2015
Loblaw No Name Parmesan Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/23/2016 0950542201 2/23/2015
Loblaw No Name Ham and Cheese Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 2/26/2016 0950572203 2/26/2015
Loblaw No Name Garlic Butter Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 2/26/2016 0950572201 2/26/2015
Loblaw No Name Broccoli and Cheese Carton - 2-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 2/26/2016 0950572202 2/26/2015
Loblaws No Name Parmesan Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/17/2016 0950482201 2/17/2015
Meijer Cordon bleu Carton - 6/5oz Individually Pouched Entrees 5/19/2016 950502103 2/18/2015
Meijer Chicken Kiev Carton - 6/5oz Individually Pouched Entrees 2/19/2016 0950502101 2/19/2015
SYSCO Cordon bleu Case - 18-8oz Individually Pouched Entrees Immediate use 0950514001 2/20/2015
Western Family Parmesan Carton - 6-5oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 2/25/2016 0950562103 2/25/2015
Western Family Cordon Swiss Carton - 2-5 oz Individually Wrapped Pouch 4/30/2016 0951214012 5/1/2015

 

 

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit
www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with soap water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry. Also, wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Clean spills immediately.

Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use one cutting board for raw meat, poultry and egg products and a separate one for fresh produce and cooked foods.

Color is NOT a reliable indicator that meat has been cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria. 

The only way to be sure the meat or poultry is cooked to a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer to measure the internal temperature.

  • Beef, Pork, Lamb, & Veal (steaks, roasts, chops): 145°F with a three minute rest time
  • Ground meat: 160°F
  • Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165°F
  • Fish: 145°F  

Refrigerate raw meat and poultry within two hours after purchase or one hour if temperatures exceed 90º F. Refrigerate cooked meat and poultry within two hours after cooking.

 

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Jun 08, 2016