A recent outbreak of salmonella in kosher chicken has killed at least one person and sickened 17 others in a most recent multi-state illness.
The strain of salmonella was traced back to Empire Kosher brand chicken products. Cases of illness linked to the kosher chicken have been reported in Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least one death occurred in New York that was linked to the tainted chicken. U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), as well as public health and regulatory officials, are working together to investigate the outbreak.
The illnesses were reported from September 25, 2017 to June 4, 2018. The CDC reports it began investigating this particular outbreak in late June of this year after the New York State Department of Health received several illness reports.
The CDC found that those who were sick had reported eating Empire Kosher brand chicken. The strain was identified in raw chicken from a facility that manufactures for the company. Though the outbreak may be over as of June, people should always be careful when handling raw poultry.
The CDC reminds the public they should not wash raw chicken, as the juices could splash and spread germs. Consumers should follow protocol for properly cooking meat by making sure it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash your hands and any surfaces raw chicken may have come into contact with. For more information on proper handling, click here.
Salmonella Food Poisoning From Empire Kosher Chicken
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Salmonella is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.
Do I have an Empire Kosher Chicken Food Poisoning Lawsuit?
The lawyers at Johnson // Becker are currently investigating Empire Kosher Chicken food poisoning cases. If you or a loved one were sickened after eating kosher chicken from this brand, compensation for your injuries could be available. Contact us today for a free case review. We would be honored to speak with you and will respond promptly to every inquiry we receive.