Almost a year-and-a-half after reports first surfaced of salmonella linked to contaminated chicken (which has since sickened hundreds of consumers), Foster Farms announced late Thursday night that it would recall some of its chicken, including product that has been sold and distributed in Idaho.
Reuters reports that the outbreak, first reported in March 2013, "has roiled the public and brought regulatory pressure on the poultry producer."
To date, 600 cases have been reported in 27 states.
According to Foster Farms, the products under recall were distributed in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, California, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska.
The USDA said this morning that this is the first time in the 16-month investigation that agency officials have been able to "establish a clear and definitive connection between a Foster Farms chicken, the lots and particular plant where it was processed and a case of illness."
Reuters reports that Foster had previously denied its chicken was to blame for making people sick.
Foster Farms produces about one out of every 10 chickens eaten by Americans.
The recall is for chicken with “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 21 to March 29.
The poultry was produced at three sites identifiable on packaging with the plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632.