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At least four cases of Salmonella infections in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been linked to uncooked Ruby’s Pantry chicken, health officials in those states said.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) said one case is in Minnesota and three in Wisconsin. All four patients received frozen breaded chicken products at a Ruby’s Pantry pop-up location.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) confirmed that it is investigating at least four cases of salmonellosis.
The frozen breaded chicken products appeared to be fully cooked, the DHS said in a news release. The products reportedly did not include cooking instructions or a warning saying the chicken is raw.
“Anyone who received any unlabeled chicken products from any Ruby’s Pantry location is advised to either discard any remaining product or cook it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit,” the DHS news release said.
“If you have consumed chicken from a Ruby’s Pantry and are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis, contact your health-care provider. Ill consumers in Wisconsin should also contact their local health department, and ill Minnesotans should contact the Minnesota Department of Health.”
Ruby’s Pantry has been working with the two states’ health departments since May 25, Ruby’s Pantry executive director Lyn Sahr said in a statement. Sahr said the chicken came from a supplier that normally provides cooked chicken.
A number of Ruby’s Pantry locations in the two states had distributed the frozen breaded chicken product, Sahr said.
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The Ruby’s Pantry website states that pop-up pantrys occur in a number of locations across Minnesota and Wisconsin every month. The website has links to 25 locations.
Ruby’s Pantry is a faith-based organization. The pop-up pantrys are organized and hosted by a group of volunteers from a local church.
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Salmonella bacteria are responsible for as many as 1.2 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. yearly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The bacteria produce an illness called salmonellosis, which affects the intestinal tract.
Salmonellosis can develop anywhere from 12 hours to 72 hours after eating food contaminated with Salmonella. As with most types of food poisoning, symptoms usually include:
- abdominal pain
Symptoms can last 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without needing to see a doctor. In some cases, however, diarrhea can become so severe that dehydration occurs, and then hospitalization is necessary.
The CDC estimates that of the 1.2 million annual cases of infection, about 23,000 people will need to be hospitalized. In addition, about 450 of those victims will die.
People at the greatest risk of developing complications are children under 5, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with weakened immune systems.
Complications occur when the Salmonella bacteria enter the bloodstream. When this occurs, the following diseases can develop:
- meningitis – an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
- endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of the heart; it usually involves the valves of the heart.
- osteomyelitis – a bone inflammation that targets the legs, arms, or spine.
- reactive arthritis (also known as Reiter’s syndrome) – a form of arthritis that develops in response to Salmonella in another part of the body.
Pregnancies in danger
Pregnant women are at a higher risk for contracting salmonellosis because hormonal changes will weaken their immune systems. A pregnant woman who becomes ill from Salmonella can experience a miscarriage, premature labor, or even stillbirth.