The agency reported in January that the outbreak appeared to be over. It has been going on since March 2013. The CDC noted an uptick in illnesses in February.
The outbreak led to a public health alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California.
Though no one has died, the CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics.
Foster Farms says it has implemented a salmonella control program that has reduced the prevalence of salmonella in its products.
Feds shut Calif. chicken plant infested with cockroaches.-
-Foster Farms is a United States West Coast poultry company. The company has been privately owned and operated by the Foster family since 1939. The company is based in Livingston, California with operations throughout the West Coast and a few on the East Coast. The company specializes in a variety of chicken and turkey products advertised as fresh and naturally locally grown.
On October 7, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California as an estimated 278 people have fallen ill in the past six months. Strains of multiple antibiotic-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state. The outbreak has spread to 18 states, though most of the reported illnesses have been in California. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service did not mandate a recall of chicken from those facilities. It deemed the company’s poultry safe to eat as long as it’s cooked to a minimum of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The USDA agreed to let affected poultry plants remain open after the company agreed to fix problems. (Wikipedia)
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