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4 Pa. Residents Sick From Salmonella Linked To Kosher Chicken

August 31, 2018

Four people in Pennsylvania got sick from salmonella linked to kosher chicken, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak affects 17 people across four states, and caused eight hospitalizations and one death in New York. People began falling sick last September, but the agency began investigating the incidents in June after the New York State Department of Health found several sick people said they ate kosher chicken. Several people who fell sick said they ate Empire Kosher brand chicken. The strain of salmonella that caused the outbreak was identified in raw chicken in two facilities, including one that processes Empire Kosher chicken. CDC officials advised people to avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken. Those cooking chicken should turn the temperature to 165 degrees to prevent food poisoning. Those handling chicken should wash hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils with warm, soapy water. Don’t wash raw chicken before cooking because germs can spread throughout the kitchen. People sick from salmonella can get diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, typically 12 hours to three days after eating contaminated food. Most people recover within a week, but illnesses can last longer. Contact the writer: Bhuang@mcall.com 610-820-6745

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