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October 8, 2013

Salmonella Alert: USDA Issues Health Alert for Foster Farms Chicken

Topics: Health Issues

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California. The Salmonella outbreak has spread to 18 states, although most of the illnesses have been reported in California.

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Via NBC:

[...] A spokesman for Foster Farms says no recall is in effect and that the infections were caused by eating undercooked or improperly handled chicken.

The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak of illnesses to a specific product or production period. The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

Cooking chicken to 165 degrees kills the Salmonella bacteria.

The 165 degree reading should be taken from the thickest part of the flesh, not touching a bone. Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps, which typically begin within 12 to 72 hours. This may be accompanied by vomiting, chills, headache and muscle pains. These symptoms may last about four to seven days, and then go away without specific treatment, but left unchecked, Salmonella infection may spread to the bloodstream and beyond, and may cause death if the person is not treated promptly with antibiotics.

More on diagnosis and treatment here.

Posted by Hyscience at October 8, 2013 10:29 AM

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