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CDC Update: 416 People Sick in Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

As the safe food project of The Pew Charitable Trusts released its report on weaknesses in Salmonella regulation on Thursday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered an update on the ongoing outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to chicken produced by Foster Farms.

At least 416 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened, CDC reports. That count is up another 27 cases since the Nov. 20 report. Most of the victims (74 percent) live in California.

Thirteen percent of the victims have developed blood infections as a result of their illness. Typically, only five percent of people with Salmonella infections develop blood infections.

Foster Farms has not initiated a recall, instead opting to comply with U.S. Department of Agriculture requests to mitigate issues at three central California facilities tied to the outbreak.

The products involved in the outbreak are identified by one of three USDA mark of inspection numbers: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

Persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, by State as of December 18, 2013

Persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Typhimurium, by date of illness onset as of December 13, 2013

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  • C Dtrick

    I’d say go vegan, but that is also dangerous because they spray untreated factory farm feces on spinach and then that gets tainted as well. Mmmmmmm how about Stop factory farms and Go vegan!

  • Barb3000

    All I can say is wash all of your fruit and anything that can be peeled in a sink full of hot water with a shot of dish soap and rinse good. Prepare raw meat like chicken and beef in a area of your kitchen away from clean dishes and food. Use a bleach mixture to do a clean up of the area and cook the meat done,Use a meat thermometer pushed into the thickest section of the chicken or beef. It should read at least 165 or 170 degrees that will kill any bacteria. If these people are getting sick from eating home cooked meat its their own fault. If they are eating out it’s the businesses fault.