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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

USDA allows poultry plants linked to salmonella outbreak to stay open

Foster Farms, the poultry farm identified as the source of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella poisonings, was forced to explain to federal authorities how it plans to stop the rash of illnesses or else three of its slaughterhouses would be shut down. The warning letter highlighted unsanitary conditions at the plants and cited a dozen instances this year in which feces was found on carcasses. The company was able to show the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) satisfactory plans to improve conditions, thus the plants will remain operational for now. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service also did not ... Read More

Nearly 300 people in 18 states infected with salmonella from raw chicken

Nearly 300 people in 18 states have been sickened with what public health authorities believe is salmonella from raw chicken products made at three Foster Farms plants in California, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The illnesses were caused by salmonella Heidelberg, an infection that causes nausea and vomiting, but can be more problematic for infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems. Earlier this year, 134 people in 13 states became ill from raw Foster Farms chicken. That outbreak, which was declared over in July, sent 33 people to the hospital, ... Read More

107 illnesses now linked to salmonella-contaminated Cargill turkey

The number of illnesses attributed to turkey contaminated with a dangerous strain of salmonella has risen from the 76 reported earlier to 107, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention has said. The outbreak has also spread to encompass 31 states – five more than originally reported. The outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg, a virulent strain of bacteria resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics, has been linked to ground turkey processed at a Cargill plant in Springdale, Arkansas. Investigators report that the contaminated turkey was produced from February 20, 2011 through August 2, after which plant operations were suspended until the ... Read More

1 death, 76 illnesses in 26 states linked to ground turkey

One death and 76 illnesses in 26 states have been linked to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella in ground turkey, according to an announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Salmonella Heidelberg infections were reported between March 1 and August 1, 2011. Salmonella Heidelberg is a bacterium that can cause infection when contaminated food or drinks are consumed. Those infected with the bacterium generally experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort. Treatment is dependent on the severity of the symptoms, the age of the patient, and other conditions the patient may have, such as diabetes. Salmonella ... Read More