PORTLAND, ME: Vehr Communications is helping Barber Foods after the company voluntarily expanded its recall to include more than 1.7 million pounds of frozen stuffed chicken products due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The agency has been working with Barber Foods, which is owned by AdvancePierre Foods, for the past year. Nick Vehr, the president of the eponymous firm, confirmed the relationship, but declined to comment on the communications strategy for the recall.
Barber Foods first announced the recall on July 2, involving 58,000 pounds of the company’s chicken products; it was expanded on Sunday after more illnesses were reported. So far, at least six Salmonella cases have been linked to the consumption of Barber Foods products.
"[Barber Foods] is working collaboratively with the USDA to modify our production practices including, but not limited to, additional levels of microbiological analysis and additional control procedures to reduce Salmonella in both incoming and outgoing raw stuffed chicken breast products," Barber Foods said in an emailed statement. "We are aligned with the USDA and FSIS, in the interest of public health, to reduce the incidence rate of Salmonella in these types of products."
The US Department of Agriculture’s website includes a list of all recalled Barber Foods products, including its chicken Kiev, chicken cordon bleu, chicken tenders, and chicken broccoli cheese meals. The products were manufactured between February and May and sold in supermarkets in the US and Canada.
Last night, Barber Foods posted on Facebook and tweeted about the expanded recall.
Barber Foods expands voluntary recall. Call 844-564-5555 for more info. Or visit http://t.co/NeN3zXmJwh— BarberFoods (@barberfoods) July 13, 2015
Grocery and club stores that carry Barber Foods’ products are also directly reaching out to customers who have purchased the potentially contaminated products.
Barber Foods parent AdvancePierre Foods also owns brands including Better Bakery, BIG AZ, Fast Fixin', Hot 'n' Ready, PB Jamwich, Pierre, Smart Picks, Steak-EZE, and The Pub.