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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.
January 31, 2013 at 9:59 AM
The Associated Press
UPDATED: 1 p.m. | Add those cute little hedgehogs to the list of pets that can make you sick.
In the last year, 20 people were infected by a rare but dangerous form of salmonella bacteria. Seven were in Washington state and one of them died.
Investigators say the illnesses were linked to contact with hedgehogs kept as pets.
Health officials on Thursday say such cases seem to be increasing.
In Washington state, two of the seven cases were in Pierce County and lone cases were in King, Clark, Thurston, Whitman and Spokane counties, said state Health Department spokesman Tim Church. The man who died was more than 80-years-old from Spokane and passed away earlier this month.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends thoroughly washing your hands after handling hedgehogs. Also, clean pet cages and other equipment outside.
Other pets that carry the salmonella bug are frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, lizards, chicks and ducklings.
Seven of the hedgehog illnesses were in Washington state, including the death. The other cases were in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Oregon.
October 12, 2012 at 6:53 AM
“This ends here.” That’s what a man with a gun said shortly before he was shot dead by a Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy early this morning.
You stole my name… Authorities raided five homes in Spokane yesterday as part of an investigation into an identity theft ring. That’s five homes… KXLY in Spokane has the story.
Is Seattle a kind city? Seattle volunteers want to take on other cities in service hours through a challenge called “The Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has challenged Seattle, often rated as one of the nation’s most charitable cities, to see who could record more volunteer hours, proclaiming his city as the “most compassionate” in the country.
Sad story: A 10-year-old boy was ejected from a car and died on I-90 near Ellensburg Wednesday when the car left the road and rolled. The boy, from Kittittas, was a passenger in the car. The State Patrol said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt. The Yakima Herald-Republic has the story.
Here are the most-read local stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
- More salmonella cases linked to Wash. restaurant
A Clark County Public Health spokesman says the number of salmonella cases linked to a Vancouver, Wash., restaurant continues to climb.
- Inslee, McKenna define differences
It was the most widely watched debate yet of this year’s race for governor, but Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna broke little new ground in their meeting Thursday night.
- Virginia Mason among top hospitals tapped by Walmart
Walmart has chosen Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle as one of six top-ranked hospital systems in the nation to deliver specialty care to its insured employees and family members. Others on the list include the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.
- Break’s over! Seattle’s long dry spell about to end
Puget Sound’s long dry streak, which began in late July, is expected to come to a dramatic halt on Friday. Rain, heavy at times, is in the forecast well into next week.
- Study: pot arrests cost state $300 million in past 25 years
A new analysis of crime data has found more than 241,000 people in Washington were arrested for marijuana possession over the past 25 years, most of them in the past 10 years.
October 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM
VANCOUVER – A Clark County Public Health spokesman says the number of salmonella cases linked to a Vancouver, Wash., restaurant continues to climb.
Spokesman Don Strick tells The Columbian that the number of people sickened after eating at On the Border has now reached 13 confirmed and 33 probable cases. Most of the ill are adults.
Strick says three people have been hospitalized and two of them have since returned home.
Health officials are still trying to determine the source of the bacteria. They closed the restaurant temporarily on Tuesday as a precaution.
All but one case involves customers who visited the restaurant between Sept. 20 and Oct. 8. Strick says one restaurant employee has also fallen ill.
Symptoms include fever, chills, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort and typically arrive within three days of exposure. Most people recover without medication.
September 25, 2012 at 8:24 PM
A Spokane teen was among 30 people who were sickened with salmonella connected to a peanut butter sold by grocer Trader Joe’s.
Spokane health officials say the teen, along with another Washington boy from Thurston County, became ill about 6 weeks ago.
The peanut butter recall has now been expanded to dozens of peanut, cashew and almond butters produced by Sunland Inc.
The New Mexico-based company processed and packaged the Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter that has since been linked to salmonella cases in 18 states.
The company’s voluntary recall now includes 76 varieties of almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini and toasted blanched peanut products as a precaution, according to a press release. Only the peanut butter product sold under the Trader Joe’s label, however, has been connected to salmonella.
The infections occurred between June 11 and Sept. 2.
The expanded recall list can be viewed here.
The recall is the largest for peanut butter products since the massive 2008 episode involving Peanut Corp. of America the sickened about 700 people and reportedly killed nine over many several months.
That recall reached into snack foods, including several of the best-selling brands of cookies and crackers.
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