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Foster Farms recalls chicken tainted with Salmonella

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By Joe Whitworth+

Last updated on 07-Jul-2014 at 13:30 GMT

Foster Farms issues its first recall during the outbreak
Foster Farms issues its first recall during the outbreak

Foster Farms is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken produced on three dates that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) requested Foster Farms conduct the recall because this product is known to be associated with a specific illness.

Until this point there had been no recall, despite a reported 600 cases from 27 states since March 2013, because the firm refused to recall any product and USDA-FSIS could not prove illness to a specific production lot.  

FSIS was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a Salmonella Heidelberg illness on June 23, associated with the consumption of a boneless skinless chicken breast product.

Based on FSIS’ epidemiological and traceback investigations, one case-patient has been identified in California with an illness onset date of May 5.

The chicken products were produced on March 7 through to 13 and shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other retail stores and distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. 

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