Topic: Foster Farms
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October 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM
SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill.
The USDA says that strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in Washington and Oregon in addition to California.
The Salmonella outbreak has spread to 18 states, though most of the illnesses have been reported in California.
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.
May 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM
California-based chicken producer Foster Farms is recalling about 6,165 pounds of its ready-to-eat grilled chicken breast strips because the strips contain wheat and soy — known allergens — which are not listed on the labels of its packages, federal agriculture officials said.
The packages were mislabeled and distributed to retailers in Washington as well as Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon.
The problem, discovered when a customer complained, occurred when labels for another chicken product that does not contain wheat or soy were inadvertently used, food safety inspectors and officials at Foster Farms said.
There have been no reports of adverse reactions from the sale of the mislabeled products, officials said.
The chicken breast strips being recalled were sold in 4.5-pound cases containing 12, 6-ounce trays of “Foster Farms Grilled Chicken Breast Strips Boneless & Skinless With Rib Meat 97% Fat Free,” with an identifying case code of “000606.”
The recalled product bears the establishment number “P-20923″ inside the USDA mark of inspection and a use-by date of “JUN 22 2013″ printed on each tray. They were produced April 23.
Based in Porterville, Foster Farms is a family-owned company that has been operating since 1939, according to the company’s website.
In a statement, Fosters Farms spokeswoman Lorna Bush said “food safety is, and always has been, our top priority.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall Tuesday.
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