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Salmonella in Frozen Chicken Meals Sickens 32 People in 12 States

The government is urging consumers to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning. The health warning cited frozen dishes in which the chicken is raw, but breaded or pre-browned, giving the appearance of being cooked. These meals include, “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev”, or stuffed chicken breasts. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the warning Friday after Minnesota health officials found a link between the chicken dinners with salmonella illnesses reported in Minnesota and 11 other states. It did not name the states in its release, nor did it immediately respond to a message seeking that information. Symptoms of salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. It can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems such as children and the elderly. To read the full story, click here.