Foster Farms chicken still making people sick one year later



Posted on May 30, 2014 at 9:11 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An outbreak of antibiotic resistant salmonella continues to sicken people more than a year after it started.

The Centers for Disease Control is linking Foster Farms to the outbreak with 50 new cases in the past two months.

There are several strains of the virus specifically linked back to Foster Farms chicken since last year. The company has no plan of a recall and the government has no plan to shut them down.

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The CDC used lab work and interviews to connect the dots between new cases of salmonella poisoning and Foster Farms.

According to the CDC, the odds of getting sick from tainted chicken are low if the meat is thoroughly cooked.

Inspectors found uncooked Foster Farms chickens had unusually high levels of the bacteria in 2013 at one of their California processing plants.

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Foster Farms officials said they have worked to reduce salmonella levels well below federal standards. The producer is being watched closely.

In a letter from the USDA to Foster Farms in October, the department said inspectors documented finding fecal material on carcasses.

Dealing with outbreaks is nothing new for Foster Farms. The company was linked to salmonella sickness in 2004 and again in 2012 before the current outbreak started in 2013. 

Salmonella poisoning can be deadly. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps and vomiting.