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Undercover Investigation Raises Questions About Foster Farms’ Animal Welfare Certification


Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims has her detectives investigating reports of possible animal cruelty at Foster Farms, which has two processing plans in Fresno and is the largest poultry producer on the West Coast. The investigation was prompted Wednesday by Mercy For Animals, a Los Angeles-based animal rights group, presenting the sheriff and the company… Continue Reading

FSIS Emails Reveal ‘Snapshot’ of Foster Farms Investigation


Internal emails from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made public earlier this month tell some of the story behind the agency’s attempt to recall Foster Farms products linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg in the months before it finally did so in July 2014. The latest batch of FSIS emails provided to… Continue Reading

Why Chicken Is Going Antibiotic-Free First


When McDonald’s announced in March that it would be phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics in raising the chickens that supply its 14,000 U.S. restaurants, some asked, “What about the Big Mac and the McRib?” Since then, Tyson Foods and Foster Farms have made commitments to responsible use of antibiotics in chicken production…. Continue Reading

Foster Farms Cuts Back on Antibiotics Use


Foster Farms, the California-based company linked to an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella Heidelberg that sickened 634 people in 2013 and 2014, is the latest major chicken producer to go antibiotic-free. The company announced Monday that it is introducing two new lines of antibiotic-free chicken for major retailers in the Western U.S. The new Foster… Continue Reading

Gillibrand Proposes Mandatory Recall Authority for USDA


After FRONTLINE’s documentary on Salmonella in poultry aired Tuesday night on PBS, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) officially introduced legislation to give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over contaminated meat and poultry. Gillibrand discussed her Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act with reporters in February, saying that, if passed, the bill would make “the… Continue Reading

TV Station Reveals Food Safety Violations at Foster Farms Plant

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Following back-to-back Salmonella outbreaks linked to chicken from Foster Farms, one of the company’s processing plants in Kelso, WA, continued to have dozens of health violations in 2014, according to records obtained by Portland, OR, TV station KGW. KGW obtained federal inspection reports for the Kelso plant dating from March to September 2014, which show… Continue Reading

Avian Flu Detected in Foster Farms Turkey Flock


A strain of avian flu has been found at a Foster Farms turkey ranch in Stanislaus County, CA, the company announced this past Saturday. It’s the first time the virus has been found in commercial poultry since 2004. According to USDA policy, the ranch was quarantined and the animals are being killed to prevent the virus… Continue Reading

The 10 Worst U.S. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks of 2014


This year saw dozens of well-publicized foodborne illness outbreaks caused by everything from bean sprouts to cilantro to caramel apples. Food Safety News has compiled a list of the 10 most harmful U.S. outbreaks of 2014, in terms of both the number of people who died and the number sickened. This list includes only foodborne illness… Continue Reading

2014 in Review: Animal Antibiotics


Food Safety News wrote a lot about antibiotic resistance this year — particularly the debate surrounding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) plan to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in food animals, introduced in December 2013, and conversations sparked by the 16-month outbreak of multi-drug-resistant Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms-brand chicken that… Continue Reading

The Top 10 Food-Safety News Stories of 2014


The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented… Continue Reading