July 8, 2014 — Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) have introduced legislation aimed at giving the USDA authority to recall contaminated chicken that can cause food poisoning or is resistant to two or more antibiotics.
The legislation was introduced just days after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) linked the hospitalization of a 10 year-old boy to the consumption of Foster Farms chicken, prompting a recall for chicken processed on three days in March. It was the first time an illness had been linked to a specific product.
On July 2, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 621 people in 29 states have been infected with Salmonella Heidelberg. The strains are resistant to several commonly-prescribed antibiotics. About 40% of people have been hospitalized, which is about double the normal rate for Salmonella outbreaks.
The outbreak has been traced to three Foster Farms chicken processing facilities in California. Foster Farms has refused to voluntarily shut down the plants, but in January, federal inspectors stopped production at one plant after finding cockroach infestations on four occasions in the last five months. Cockroaches were observed on a sink near the processing line and on a plastic tub that comes in contact with raw chicken parts.
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