November 10, 2011
US chicken livers infected with salmonella
People in New Jersey and New York have been sickened by chicken livers contaminated with salmonella, the USDA said Wednesday (Nov 9).
Schreiber Processing Corporation, a chicken company in Maspeth, New York, is recalling broiled chicken livers "linked to a cluster of salmonellosis illnesses" while federal officials investigate, the USDA said.
The chicken livers, some of which were sold as chopped liver products, are especially dangerous because even though they appear to be fully cooked and ready to eat, they are not and still need to be further cooked by consumers, the USDA said.
"Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy," the USDA said. "The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhoea, abdominal cramps, and fever within six to 72 hours."