At least the third recall due to salmonella within the past month has been called after 56 people were reported sick in New York City. At least twelve of the ill have been taken to a hospital. Blame has been directed at kosher chicken liver products, which have also been sold in Long Island, although no related illnesses have been reported there.
Now Alle Processing Corp., in Maspeth, Queens, is recalling its brand broiled chicken livers because everyone with salmonella poisoning had broiled or chopped chicken liver traced back to Alle. The bacterial strain is known as salmonella Heidelberg.
These chicken liver products were broiled only partially. Since Jewish law mandates all kosher products to be broiled fully, relevant instructions were on the packaging.
On October 26, a separate salmonella recall was instituted for 5000 pounds of Wegmans Turkish pine nuts. 38 people in six states were found ill before the recall was announced by the FDA.
On October 19, 3265 cases of salad bags were recalled due to the risk of salmonella poisoning, though no reports of related poisoning were known at the time. The companies Fresh Selections, Marketside, HEB and Taylor Farms were affected by the recall.
Salmonella is a bacteria infecting the GI tract. Most cases resolve themselves after several days or weeks. But young children, the elderly, and anyone with a weak immune system is vulnerable to suffer more, including death in some cases.
All I can say is that despite my mother trying to feed me chopped liver when I was growing up, I'm happy to report that I've never developed a taste for this (disgusting) food, although I'm sure many would disagree with me.