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Salmonella Outbreak in New York

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Dozens of New Yorkers have become sick from eating kosher broiled chicken livers because they weren’t cooked fully. Health officials say the liver was contaminated with salmonella.  Schreiber Processing Corp., a Queens based company, manufactured the chicken livers under the MealMart brand.  89 cases have been linked to the product, with 33 in nine upstate counties, including one in Rensselear County.

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The recall was voluntary and recalls certain chicken livers and chopped liver products.  Such products include 10-pound boxes with two, 5-pound bags of “Meal Mart Broiled Chicken Liver: Made for Further Thermal Processing,” and 10-pound boxes of loose packed “Chicken Liver Broiled.”  The product was distributed to retail stores and institutional users in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and bear the establishment number “P-787″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Illnesses have also been linked to liver from Schreiber that was repackaged at individual retail stores and do not bear the original packaging information.

While 56 of the reported cases are in New York City alone, more cases could be lurking if the products are your freezer.  Remember, salmonella poisioning is one of the most common bacterial food-borne illenesses and can be deadly.  For symptoms of salmonella, check out the Food & Drug Administration’s website.  If you think you have salmonella poisions, consult your doctor immediately.

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