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Salmonella Outbreak From Raw Chicken Sickens Dozens in 29 states

A multidrug-resistant form of Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people in more than two dozen states is linked to raw chicken products from a variety of sources, federal health officials say. The outbreak of Salmonella infections has affected people in 29 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Twenty-one of the 92 people sickened by the foodborne illness have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in live chickens and in many types of raw chicken products, indicating it might be widespread in the chicken industry. “A single, common supplier ... Read More

Finger Amputation at Delaware Poultry Plant Leads to $40K Penalty

A Delaware poultry processing company faces nearly $40,000 in fines for safety violations uncovered after a plant worker suffered an accidental finger amputation on a packaging machine. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said it investigated a Mountaire Farms Inc. poultry processing plant in Selbyville, Del., in June after receiving a report that a worker operating a packaging machine suffered an accidental finger amputation. OSHA authorities inspecting the Mountaire Farms plant found serious violations associated with electrical and process safety management hazards, as well as violations of lockout/tagout rules meant to prevent machines from accidentally starting up. OSHA said ... Read More

OSHA: Violations Make Ohio Poultry Plant “Outrageously Dangerous”

For employees of a poultry plant that is a leading supplier of chicken to national fast food and supermarket brands, the dangers of amputation, electrocution, and hazardous falls are all in a day’s work, and part of their employer’s long history of violating federal worker safety and health standards. U.S. safety regulators say that Case Farms Processing Inc. of Winesburg, Ohio, has been aware of the dangers that threaten to maim and kill workers at its poultry processing plant, but it has done nothing to correct the problems. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said that it investigated the Case Farms facility on ... Read More

Chicken products recall issued due to possible contamination

A nationwide recall of nearly 32,000 pounds of breaded gluten-free chicken products has been issued due to possible contamination with staphylococcus enterotoxin, a pathogen that can cause symptoms of food poisonings within 30 minutes. The contamination was found during an inspection by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The recall was issued by the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. The chicken products recall involves 12-ounce boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and 10.5-ounce boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breasts with “best before” dates dating to August 9, 2015. The ... Read More

Foster Farms chicken recall expanded, linked to salmonella outbreak

The recall of Foster Farms chicken is expanding. It is believed that the chicken that has been sent to military bases in five different states is contaminated and linked to a salmonella outbreak. The suspected chicken reached the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. Federal regulators have issued a recall of all this chicken. Twenty-five Arizona residents, along with 621 people nationwide, have fallen ill with salmonella linked to recalled Foster Farms fresh chicken products, according to a July 2 report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were actually ... Read More

CDC announces new reports of salmonella infections from Foster Farms chicken

The number of people infected with antibiotic-resistant salmonella after consuming chicken processed by Foster Farms continues to climb, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 524 people have been sickened across 25 states and Puerto Rico with one of seven strains of salmonella. The outbreak was declared “over” on Jan. 16 with 430 illnesses, but more cases of salmonella poisonings continued to pour in. The CDC reports that three quarters of those infected are from California and that more than a third have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported during the year-long outbreak. The ... Read More

President Obama urged to reject USDA rule loosening poultry plant inspections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is nearly ready to implement a new rule that will increase line speeds at chicken processing plants, saying it will improve efficiency and enhance food safety, but the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a number of consumer-safety groups, and other organizations are urging President Barack Obama to reject the rule. Most significantly, the new rule would increase chicken processing line speeds – the number of birds inspectors visually check per minute — from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. The rule also would effectively remove most USDA inspectors from the line to focus on ... Read More

Salmonella poisonings from Foster Farms chicken still infecting consumers

An outbreak of infections from antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to chicken processed by Foster Farms continues to sicken people in the United States and Puerto Rico. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had declared the outbreak over on Jan. 16, with 430 reports of illness across 23 states and Puerto Rico. However, since then, 51 more cases were reported and two more states were added to the list. Seven different strains of salmonella Heidelberg have been tied to Foster Farms facilities in California through epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations on the local, state and federal level. According to the ... Read More

Antibiotic-resistant salmonella in Foster Farms chicken worries health officials

An outbreak of salmonella that has sickened 300 people in 18 states has public health officials investigating the sources of contamination worried that the particular strain of bacteria is extremely antibiotic-resistant. The massive outbreak is linked to raw chicken from Foster Farms facilities in California and is the second major salmonella outbreak this year traced to the company. Earlier this year, at least 134 people in 13 states were sickened by Foster Farms poultry. Thirty-three of those people required hospitalization to treat the illness. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitalization rates are more than ... Read More

Toxic chemical use in chicken plants set to rise, posing serious health risks to workers, public

With U.S. chicken consumption rising steadily, poultry processing plants nationwide are poised to implement changes that will injure and sicken many workers. Instead of meeting rising demand by expanding facilities and hiring additional workers, the poultry processing industry is poised to increase maximum line speeds and rely more heavily on the use of highly toxic chemicals to treat contaminated chicken. A number of reports have been published explaining the dangers of increasing the already-maximized line speeds in chicken plants, which will boost the number of chickens line workers must inspect from 140 per minute to 175 per minute. Regulations that ... Read More