Bad, bad, bad consumers! Don’t you fools know that if you pick up the wrong box in the grocery store coolers with thousands of products that can be microwaved that some smaller percentage must be oven-baked? Can’t you read the small print on the boxes? What’s the matter with you?
That’s what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is telling 32 people in 12 states were sickened with salmonella poisoning after eating precooked, frozen chicken dinners. FDA says the victims didn’t follow the instructions that said to heat the meal in the oven, and instead used the microwave.
Carlota Medus, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health, told the New York Times: "The issue is that people think it’s cooked and it just needs to be heated up. Microwave cooking for something that has to be cooked isn’t always a good idea." Minnesota is one of the 12 states with victims. The others have not been named.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture also issued an alert on the salmonella outbreak, which was discovered by Minnesota’s testing. It can be found here.
Minnesota has linked the outbreak to contaminated chicken Kiev and cordon bleu made by Milford Valley Farms.