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CDC Update: 50 New Cases of Salmonella Heidelberg Linked to Foster Farms Chicken

Another 50 illnesses from Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported in connection with chicken from Foster Farms. The outbreak may not be over yet, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sees the numbers trending downward — something they view with a “glass half-full” mentality. CDC’s latest update puts the case count, as of… 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

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

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

Salmonella Heidelberg Cases From 2013 Might Be Linked to Tennessee Outbreak

The Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak at a Tennessee prison that sent two of the nine infected inmates to the hospital is a subject of a new report pointing to a larger investigation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC says the outbreak associated with 33,840 pounds of mechanically separated chicken recalled on Jan…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: If I Were the Chairman of Foster Farms


I would chop off the head of (fire) young Ron Foster, or at least clip his beak (find a different spokesperson), despite him being the president of the company founded by his grandparents, for allowing our chicken to sicken hundreds – likely thousands – of our valued customers. Honestly, Mr. Foster is simply not up… Continue Reading

Mexico Bans Foster Farms Chicken From Plants Linked to Outbreak

The government of Mexico has banned imports of Foster Farms chicken from the poultry grower’s three central California processing facilities linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S., according to The Oregonian. This is the first time Mexico has banned meat products from a U.S. facility as a result of a public health alert issued… Continue Reading

Costco Rotisserie Chicken Recall Larger Than First Announced

Costco’s recall of rotisserie chicken products from its El Camino Real store in San Francisco is larger than was originally announced five days ago, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Thursday. The recall, originally issued on Oct. 12, concerns potential contamination with the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that may also be related to raw… Continue Reading

SF Costco Location Recalls Rotisserie Chicken Products for Salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today that Costco’s El Camino Real store in San Francisco is recalling more than 9,000 rotisserie chicken units – more than 39,000 pounds of chicken products – for potential Salmonella Heidelberg contamination in connection with the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak. According to a press… Continue Reading

Foster Farms Salmonella Case Count Up to 317

The number of Salmonella Heidelberg infections linked to Foster Farms brand chicken increased to 317 Friday. Salmonella cases associated with the outbreak have now been reported in 20 states and Puerto Rico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which brought back 10 furloughed workers to staff the team working on the PulseNet database… Continue Reading

FSIS Will Not Close Foster Farms Plants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated Thursday evening that it will not close the Foster Farms processing plants in California linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. FSIS had threatened to “withhold the marks of inspection” at the three California plants in Livingston and Fresno – effectively shutting them down –… Continue Reading