Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

Salmonella Traced to Foster Farms Chicken

Salmonella Traced to Foster Farms Chicken

The CDC is investigating an outbreak of salmonella linked to raw Foster Farms chicken that has sickened 124 people in 12 states.  No deaths have been reported.

Foster Farms has plants in Oregon and Washington and supplies poultry throughout the region, including Idaho.

To date, most of the illnesses have occurred in Washington, with 56 cases, and Oregon, with 38 cases. About a third of those who became sick have been hospitalized.  The illnesses were reported from June 4, 2012, to Jan. 6 of this year. More than half of those who came down with the food-borne illness were female, and 31 were hospitalized.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. Illness typically lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Officials with Foster Farms said in a statement on Thursday that all raw poultry has the potential for salmonella contamination and they urged consumers to follow good safety practices, including cooking chicken thoroughly—to 165 degrees Fahrenheit—and avoiding cross-contamination with other foods and surfaces.