July 7, 2014 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has ordered Foster Farms to recall an unspecified amount of chicken after conclusively linking the food poisoning illness of a 10 year-old boy in California to chicken that was contaminated with antibiotic-resistant Salmonella.
Foster Farms is recalling chicken that was produced at three facilities in California on March 8, 10, and 11 this year.
Foster Farms sold the chicken under a variety of brand-names, so be sure to check the label. Recalled products are marked with the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” and “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The fresh chicken has “use or freeze by” dates between March 16 through March 31, 2014. Frozen chicken from Sunland Chicken has a “best by” date between March 7 and March 15, 2015.
Products were sold at major retailers, including Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, and Safeway in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. For a list of recalled products, click here.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says at least 600 people have been sickened in the outbreak, but this probably significantly underestimates the actual number of illnesses. About 40% of victims have been hospitalized and at least 13 people have developed life-threatening bloodstream infections.
Food safety laws prohibit Salmonella on ready-to-eat foods, which led Foster Farms and Costco to recall rotisserie chicken last year in Northern California. However, the USDA has been unable to force Foster Farms to recall fresh and frozen chicken despite an outbreak of food poisoning that has been ongoing for over 16 months.
In January, production at some facilities in California was briefly suspended after inspectors found evidence of a cockroach infestation. Foster Farms has sunk millions of dollars into reducing the amount of Salmonella on their chicken. The bacteria can be killed by heating chicken to an internal temperature of 165º.
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