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Foster Farm’s Chicken Meat Recalled Following Salmonella Outbreak
- Updated: July 7, 2014
Foster Farm, a California poultry producer has voluntarily recalled all chicken parts produced at three California plants with freeze-by or use-by dates of March 16 to March 29, 2014. The step comes as a reaction to the ongoing salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that began in March 2013 and has not been able to be stopped. It is suspected that the million pounds of fresh chicken sold in the West that might have been contaminated with the bacteria.
The meat is not longer sold by Costco, Safeway, FoodMax, Kroger and other stores, consumers may still have chicken potentially tainted with salmonella Heidelberg in their freezers. As the company’s director of communication Ira Brill said, fresh chicken has “about a ten day shelf life,” so the fresh product couldn’t have been for sale after April 8.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services officials said they received a report of illness from CDC associated with consumption of boneless chicken breast produced by Foster Farms. Epidemiological and traceback investigations tied one case to the outbreak in California.
The chicken would have the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta reported that salmonella Heidelberg has so far sickened a total of 574 people as of May 22, with 37 percent of those ill ending up in hospital. There are seven strains of salmonella Heidelberg linked to the outbreak, which has affected 27 states.