Ruby’s Volunteers and Guests:
Since last Friday, May 25, 2018, we’ve been working with the Minnesota and Wisconsin Health Departments over an issue of uncooked chicken. We were initially unaware that the chicken arrived uncooked. It is breaded and looks very much like cooked chicken. It is an excellent product; however, it does need to be fully cooked.
This chicken was recently distributed through a number of Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantries in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The chicken is perfectly good; however, some did not cook it fully, assuming it was precooked and that they could simply heat it in the microwave for a short time. We’ve had three people in northern Wisconsin, one person in east-central Minnesota and two people in northwestern Minnesota who were affected by this and became ill.
Please note that any chicken you receive at a Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry must be cooked thoroughly to 165°F, whether it is precooked or uncooked by the factory, to avoid any potential illness.
Tomorrow morning there will be a news release sent throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin regarding similar information to this communication. Please share this with others who have attended a Ruby’s Pop-Up Pantry since February 2018.
Thank you in advance for your kind responses and considerations in helping others and yourself to make this a wonderful experience.
Founder & Executive Director