The Columbus Dispatch

Aug 30, 2018 at 7:39 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a fatal outbreak of salmonella linked to a popular brand of kosher chicken.

One person in New York has died from the outbreak, and seven others have been hospitalized, the CDC said. A total of 17 people in four states — Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia — have been linked to the outbreak, according to the CDC.

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The outbreak has been linked to Empire Kosher brand chicken, which is widely available at many grocery store chains. In central Ohio, Empire Kosher may be found at Kroger, Giant Eagle and Trader Joe’s.

The strain of salmonella responsible for the outbreak was identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken, the CDC said.

CDC is not advising that people to avoid eating kosher chicken or the Empire Kosher brand, but the agency reminds consumers that raw chicken, including ground chicken meat, must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to prevent food poisoning.

Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards and utensils with warm, soapy water after touching raw chicken, the CDC advises. More prevention advice can be found at cdc.gov/features/salmonellachicken/index.html