Information on Empire Kosher Chicken
Multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to Empire Kosher Chicken products
Following a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella linked to Empire Kosher Chicken products, we want to remind customers of safe handling practices for raw chicken.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE RECALLED PRODUCT:
No products have been recalled.
Always handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. This outbreak is a reminder that raw chicken products can have germs that spread around food preparation areas and can make you sick.
CDC is not advising that people avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken. CDC advises consumers to follow these steps to help prevent Salmonella infection from raw chicken:
- Wash hands before and after preparing raw chicken.
- Don’t spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas. Washing raw poultry before cooking is not recommended. Germs in raw poultry juices can spread to other areas and foods. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils with warm, soapy water after they touch raw chicken. Use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and other raw meats if possible.
- Cook raw chicken thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground chicken should always be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. Leftovers should be reheated to a minimum of 165°F. Use a food thermometer to check, and place it in the thickest part of the food.
If I still have the product in my freezer, is it safe to consume if I cook it?
Yes. Chicken breasts, whole chickens, and ground chicken should always be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165°F to kill harmful germs. If the product is not handled properly (i.e. cross contamination), the bacteria can be spread to other foods or surfaces.
I have the product and I’m concerned, can I return it?
Yes. If you still have the product and are concerned, you’re welcome to return it to the customer service desk for a full refund.
CDC Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Chicken:
Empire Kosher Chicken: http://www.empirekosher.com/ or call Empire Kosher at
1-877-627-2803 to speak with an Empire Kosher Consumer Specialist.