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This Popular Aldi Chicken Caused a Food Poisoning Outbreak in 6 States, CDC Says

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An important note for grocery shoppers around the country: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published an investigation notice after 17 individuals in six states have fallen ill, apparently from eating a variety of popular supermarket chicken products. We have the details.

This week, the CDC advised that 17 individuals throughout Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and New York had become sick between February 21 and May 7 of this year. It's reported that eight of those were hospitalized, while the CDC also states: "Recent illnesses may not yet be reported as it usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to determine if a sick person is part of an outbreak. The true number of sick people in an outbreak is also likely much higher than the number reported. This is because many people recover without medical care and are not tested for Salmonella."

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The CDC has stated: "State and local public health officials are interviewing people about the foods they ate in the week before they got sick. Of the 12 people interviewed, 10 (83%) reported preparing and eating frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. People reported buying many different brands of raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from multiple stores. When asked about how the products were prepared at home, seven people reported undercooking, microwaving, or air frying the product."

They added: "The Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected for testing five raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from a grocery store where an ill person purchased these products. The outbreak strain was identified in two samples of Kirkwood's Chicken Cordon Bleu." It appears that Kirkwood's Chicken Cordon Bleu is a brand sold at Aldi, but it's not clear whether it's sold exclusively at Aldi.

The CDC has reported that to date, no deaths have occurred. Further, it does not appear that the Kirkwood brand has recalled the Chicken Cordon Bleu, or any other chicken products, just yet. Stay up on food news by getting our newsletter, and learn what's currently the unhealthiest order at Costco's food court. Keep reading:

Krissy Gasbarre
Krissy is a senior news editor at Eat This, Not That!, managing morning and weekend news related nutrition, wellness, restaurants and groceries (with a focus on beverages), and more. Read more