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29 illnesses traced to uncooked chicken entrees

ST. PAUL (AP) -- State food safety officials issued a warning Thursday about some frozen stuffed chicken entrees that contain uncooked chicken.

Investigators from the state health and agriculture departments said 29 people in Minnesota have become ill after eating frozen chicken entrees that weren't cooked long enough to kill salmonella bacteria.

They recommended against microwaving single-serving chicken products -- even when it's listed as an option on labels. They said the products should be baked in the oven to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

The entrees include chicken cordon blue, chicken kiev and chicken with broccoli and cheese. They are usually pre-browned, but contain raw chicken.

Most of the cases were traced to products manufactured by Aspen Foods in Chicago and Serenade Foods of Milford, Ind., and sold under a variety of brand names, including store brand names, state officials said.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a limited recall in March 2006 after the salmonella outbreak was identified. However, epidemiologists have found that new cases of illness continue to occur.

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