Friday, February 15, 2013

Salmonella Traced to Foster Farms Chicken

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is conducting an investigation, and no recall has been announced as of yet, but health officials have linked 124 cases of salmonella infections to raw poultry likely produced by Foster Farms.

Foster Farms, with plants in Oregon and Washington, supply poultry throughout the region, including Idaho.

To date, most of the illnesses have occurred in Washington, with 56 cases, and Oregon, with 38 cases. About a third of those who became sick have been hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Illness typically lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Officials with Foster Farms said in a statement on Thursday that all raw poultry has the potential for salmonella contamination and they urged consumers to follow good safety practices, including cooking chicken thoroughly—to 165 degrees Fahrenheit—and avoiding cross-contamination with other foods and surfaces.

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