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Final Report: 134 Sickened in Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

At least 134 people in 13 states fell ill with Salmonella Heidelberg in an outbreak connected to Foster Farms chicken between June 2012 and April 2013.

The outbreak appears to be over, the U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention announced on Thursday in its final outbreak report.

Of those ill, 33 (25 percent) required hospitalization. Most illnesses occurred in Washington state (57) and Oregon (40).

Testing by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories found the outbreak strain on four samples of chicken from three ill persons’ homes. Those samples originated from two Foster Farms facilities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now finalizing an investigation into one of the Foster Farms slaughter facilities to determine the cause of the contamination.

Poultry should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F to kill any potential pathogens.


Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Braenderup, by State

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, by date of illness onset

Photos courtesy of CDC

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  • veganforever

    If you eat animal products, expect to get sick. It’s only a matter of time. The way factory farmed animals are forcefully bred, crudely mutilated (without anesthesia), intensively confined in squalid conditions, denied any semblance of meaningful life, dosed with drugs to keep them alive long enough to reach “market weight,” and then brutally slaughtered in terror and fear almost guarantees an unhealthy “product.” Be Vegan: For Animals; For Earth; For Humanity.

  • Barb3000

    I live in Washington state and all I can say is cook meat of any kind good and use a meat thermometer. And use bleach when cleaning up the prep area as this would stop any cross contamination.

  • oakdene

    You aren’t any safer veganforever; there are just as many outbreaks from vegetables.