It wasn’t long ago that Barber Foods recalled 1.7 million pounds of chicken. Aspen Foods is now recalling 1.9 million pounds of chicken. This is the result of 3 people in Minnesota falling ill from salmonella poisoning.
You may not have heard of Aspen Foods. That doesn’t mean you’re not buying their products. Aspen Foods sells chicken products all across the United States under various names: Antioch Farms, Sysco, Acclaim, Buckley Farms
Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Princess Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, and Spartan. These 2 million pounds of chicken being recalled include frozen chicken, raw chicken, stuffed chicken, and breaded chicken.
What to Do if You Have Any Chicken from Aspen Foods
Check the expiration dates. Possibly infected foods will have expiration dates between July 14th, 2016 and October 10th, 2016. This is according to the official news release from the US Department of Agriculture.
Koch Foods, who owns Aspen Foods, has instructed everyone to return their purchases to the grocery store for a full refund.
It’s best to return these food items for a full refund. Do it for peace of mind, if no other reason. But salmonella can be killed at 165* (the USDA’s recommend temperature for cooking chicken).
“What if I’ve already eaten the contaminated chicken?”
Don’t freak out. Salmonellosis typically rears its ugly head just hours after consumption. If you don’t get sick in the first day, don’t worry about it.
Putting Things into Perspective
Aspen Foods raises billions of pounds of chickens each year. This is a mere 1.9 million pounds of possibly affected product. Chicken is a low-cost source of lean protein. As far as your grocery budget goes, chicken is a fantastic value. Salmonella is a very preventable illness. To prevent salmonella, make sure to wash your hands thuroughly with soap and water after handling raw chicken. Even breaded chicken could still contain diseases. Many breading recipes call for egg. Raw egg can cause illness. Cook chicken at the recommended temperature for the recommend amount of time. Do a Google search if the original packaging has been tossed. If you’re really unsure, call the food company and they will tell you the temperature and time. The phone number for Aspen Foods is 844-277-6802.
The final step (which most people don’t take) is to properly ‘temp’ the chicken. The USDA recommends chicken be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. A food thermometer can be had for less than $10. Wait until the temperature reads 165*. Note that temperature continues to rise when the food is still fresh out of the oven. Typically, you can expect the temperature to rise another 5 degrees Fahrenheit.
When chicken is handled and cooked using the above methods, illness should not be a worry.
How to Keep up-to-Date on Food Recalls
Food recalls mean possible illness and wasted time/energy driving back to the store to make a return. It’s a hassle. People who enjoy saving money should avoid unnecessary hassles at all cost. Time is money, remember. To stay up-to-date on annoying food recalls, visit this page of the FDA website.
Please return any chicken you’ve bought from Aspen Foods! You can get a refund and avoid the worry.