Layoffs at Aspen Foods

by Erica Shaffer
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CHICAGO – Aspen Foods, a unit of Koch Food Group, laid off 65 workers at its Chicago poultry processing plant in connection to Salmonella-related product recalls affecting more than 2 million lbs. of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products.

The layoffs began in late September, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) noticed filed with the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.

The most recent recall came on Oct. 5 after the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported two more individuals were infected by Salmonella enteritidis after eating frozen, raw chicken entrees manufactured by Aspen Foods. The recall impacted an additional 561,000 lbs. of frozen stuffed chicken entrees, bringing the total amount of recalled products to 2.54 million lbs.

Results from intensified sampling by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture revealed positive results that matched the outbreak strain of Salmonella to the chicken products.
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