January 17, 2019

Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Traced to Kosher Chicken

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Wednesday that 17 people have been afflicted by a recent salmonella outbreak possibly tied to Empire Kosher, resulting in one dead and eight hospitalized.

The 17 people afflicted were all on the East Coast: 11 in New York, four in Pennsylvania, one in Maryland and one in Virginia between September 25, 2017-June 4, 2018, according to the CDC’s website. Seven of the 17 infected people said that they ate Empire Kosher chicken, and the CDC found a strain of salmonella in one of Empire Kosher’s processing plants.

The strain was found in another processing plant that has not been publicly identified.

The CDC noted on its website that they are not officially advising people to stay away from kosher chicken or Empire Kosher chicken specifically. The CDC’s investigation is ongoing.

Empire Kosher has not responded to the Journal’s request for comment.

Salmonella’s symptoms include “diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps” and it normally lasts four to seven days. However, there are some instances in which the infection can be fatal if it isn’t treated.