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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

In Wake of Outbreak, Foster Farms Outlines Salmonella Reduction Program

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Foster Farms, the California-based poultry company whose chicken was the source of a recent 17-month Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 600 people, has shared the plan it’s been implementing to control contamination of its product. The processor’s  program, highlighted Thursday in a press release covering the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s National Meeting on Poultry Health, has put $75… Continue Reading

Are Recalls an Effective Element of Food Safety?

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Consumers have grown accustomed to the routine of food safety recalls: A food company announces a recall after releasing a product into the market that later turns out to be contaminated with a harmful pathogen, or is otherwise faulty. The company advises customers to check the identifying numbers on the product to see if theirs… Continue Reading

Foster Farms: Food-Safety Leader or Bad Actor?

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After 11 years at the helm of California-based poultry producer Foster Farms, Ron Foster announced last week that he was stepping down as president and CEO of the company his grandparents started 75 years ago. Over those 11 years, the company has attracted a lot of attention related to Salmonella, both good and bad. Under… Continue Reading

President and CEO of Foster Farms to Step Down

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Ron Foster, the president and CEO of California-based Foster Farms, announced Thursday that he will step down from those positions within the poultry company, according to the Modesto Bee. However, he will remain an owner and board member. Foster, 56, has served for 11 years as head of the company that his grandparents founded 75… Continue Reading

Foster Farms Recalls Frozen Pre-Cooked Chicken for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747  pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. The frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was produced at the company’s processing plant in Farmerville, LA, on Aug. 5, 2014, and then shipped to… Continue Reading