Salmonella sickens people in 12 states

October 5, 2008 6:25:55 AM PDT
The government is urging people to thoroughly cook frozen chicken dinners after 32 people in 12 states have gotten sick with salmonella poisoning. The health warning by the U.S. Department of Agriculture deals with frozen dishes in which the chicken is raw, but breaded or pre-browned so that it looks like it's been cooked.

Most of those who became ill apparently didn't follow the package's cooking instructions, and microwaved the chicken dishes even though that wasn't an option given. The microwaving didn't heat the meals enough to kill the salmonella.

Consumers are advised to cook chicken products to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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