ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say several recent cases of salmonella in Minnesota have been linked to stuffed chicken entrees that look cooked but are actually raw.

The state health and agriculture departments said Thursday that the illnesses happened in two separate outbreaks involving products from two unrelated producers.

Four illnesses were linked to Barber Foods Chicken Kiev, while three people got sick after eating Antioch Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu. Four people were hospitalized. Both products are sold by many retailers.

Officials say there have now been nine salmonella outbreaks in Minnesota linked to these kinds of products since 1998. They've been breaded and pre-browned, but they contain raw chicken and need to be properly cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and fever.