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USDA Names Retailers Possibly Receiving Recalled Chicken

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On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a list of retail outlets in a dozen states which may have received chicken products recalled by Foster Farms last week after being conclusively linked to a specific case of illness in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. The list is not comprehensive, USDA noted, and may not include… Continue Reading

FSIS: ‘Conclusive Evidence’ Linking Salmonella Case to Foster Farms Chicken Prompts Limited Recall

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Update: This recall was updated July 12 to clarify and correct “Use or Freeze by” and “Best by” date ranges. After months of illnesses and public calls for Foster Farms chicken to be recalled for potentially causing multiple Salmonella outbreaks, the company announced on July 3 that it was voluntarily recalling an undetermined amount of chicken… Continue Reading

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken Tops 600 Cases

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At least 27 additional cases of Salmonella infection have emerged in the ongoing Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken, bringing the total case count to 601. The new cases have been reported by the California Department of Public Health, which has now seen 468 of the cases — by far the most of any… Continue Reading

South Korea Granted Poultry Inspection Equivalency

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added South Korea to the list of countries eligible to export poultry products to the U.S. after determining that the country’s poultry-inspection system is equivalent to ours. “Under this final rule, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments will be eligible for export to… Continue Reading

100-Plus Groups Ask Obama to Ditch New Poultry Rules

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More than 100 organizations signed a letter sent to President Obama on Thursday asking the White House to withdraw the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed rule on the “Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection.” The organizations signing on to the letter cover a range of interests, from organic food retailers such as Hummingbird Wholesale to groups… Continue Reading

Is Perdue’s ‘Eat Like Your Ancestors’ Campaign Calling for Chicken Industry Reform?

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“Eat like your ancestors.” The phrase brings about feelings of nostalgia for all that is good, simple and natural about food. Perdue’s Harvestland campaign slogan conjures up an image of farming ways of the past. Its website points consumers to chicken recipes from the turn of the century. At that time, the world of chicken… Continue Reading

Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

Opinion

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Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and… Continue Reading

A Year Later, Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Dozens More

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At least 481 people in 25 states have been sickened in the national Salmonella outbreak tied to Foster Farms brand chicken, according to the latest outbreak update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since the last update on Jan. 16, 51 new cases have been reported from five states: Arizona (3), California… Continue Reading

The HACCP Inspection Models Project Has More Problems Than Solutions

Opinion

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) intends to implement a sweeping and total change to its food safety program by drastically modifying carcass-by-carcass inspection and reducing the government surveillance of meat and poultry safety. This has become known as the HACCP Based Models Project, or “HIMP.” FSIS has been trying… Continue Reading

Fight Over Salmonella and Adulterants Spills Into the Chicken Coop

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2013 was a standout year for Foster Farms, though not for the right reasons. The West Coast poultry giant was tied to two multi-state Salmonella outbreaks this past year, each making national headlines and together causing more than 550 confirmed illnesses and nearly 200 hospitalizations. The estimated number ill approached 20,000. The outbreaks highlighted the… Continue Reading