October 8, 2013 — Raw chicken from Foster Farms has been linked to a major outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Illnesses have been reported in 18 states, but predominantly California.
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIA) stated that “The outbreak is continuing,” and no products have been recalled. While the federal government is shut down, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may have difficulty investigating multi-state outbreaks of food poisoning because all but 2 of the 80 employees have been furloughed.
In a statement, the FSIS said that the contaminated chicken came from three facilities in California. The products were mostly distributed in California, Oregon, and Washington state.
Foster Farms chicken bear the establishment number:
Second Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak in 15 Months
Foster Farms chicken was also linked to an outbreak of Salmonella between June 2012 and May 2013. According to the CDC investigation, 134 people in 13 states got sick in the outbreak, including 33 who were hospitalized.
“Testing conducted by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from three ill persons’ homes in Washington, which were traced back to two Foster Farms slaughter establishments.”
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