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Publisher’s Platform: WWFFD? (What Would Foster Farms Do?)



First off, good for Tyson Foods for recalling plastic-tainted chicken nuggets. Second, why does “extraneous materials” in a Tyson product prompt a recall, but Salmonella in a Foster Farms product does not? FSIS posted a recall notice from Tyson Foods after it recalled 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be… Continue Reading

Controlling Salmonella Would Cost Producers



Controlling Salmonella or other pathogens would cost producers, and the cost would be expected to be transferred to processors and consumers. For animal pathogens, the USDA’s APHIS bears some of the burden and indemnifies producers for destroyed flocks. Many producers currently bear the cost of preventing animal pathogens from infecting their flocks and herds through… Continue Reading

A Year Later, Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak Sickens Dozens More


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

Salmonella on Chicken: Is Zero Tolerance Feasible?


At the end of 2013, Consumer Reports made national headlines by reporting that 97 percent of retail chicken breasts were contaminated with some form of gut bacteria. Granted, not all of those bacteria are likely to make consumers sick, but the report did find potentially harmful Salmonella on 11 percent of the samples. The story… Continue Reading

Fight Over Salmonella and Adulterants Spills Into the Chicken Coop


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

Foster Farms Reopens California Poultry Plant


After more than a week of voluntary closure to expand “manufacturing procedures and monitoring systems,” Foster Farms today reopened its poultry plant in Livingston, CA. Operations at the plant were originally shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 8 for a cockroach infestation. Before that, the plant was one of three tied to an… Continue Reading

CDC Updates Salmonella Heidelberg Cases to 430 People in 23 States and Puerto Rico

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday afternoon that, as of Jan. 15, a total of 430 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 23 states and Puerto Rico. The situation prompted a public health alert on Oct. 7, 2013, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s… Continue Reading

Advocates Ask Foster Farms About Antibiotics Use


More than 30 advocate groups sent a letter to Foster Farms CEO Ron Foster this week asking the company to disclose its use of antibiotics and pledge to avoid routine use of the drugs in raising its chickens. This comes after a Salmonella outbreak that sickened at least 416 was linked to the company’s products…. Continue Reading

Foster Farms Again Halts Operations at Troubled CA Plant


Foster Farms is voluntarily halting operations at its troubled plant in Livingston, CA, according to a news release from the company. Operations at the plant were originally shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 8 for a cockroach infestation. Before that, the plant was one of three tied to an ongoing Salmonella… Continue Reading

Salmonella Chicken Recall: Tyson, Yes; Foster Farms, No. Why?



Here’s the question that FSIS, Tyson and Foster Farms should answer: Why does Tyson recall its product after seven people are sickened and Foster Farms recalls nothing after 550 people are sickened in two outbreaks? According to FSIS, a food recall is a voluntary action by a manufacturer or distributor to protect the public from… Continue Reading