Following an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella that has sickened more than 500 people in the past 16 months, a California-based chicken producer has issued its first recall since federal health officials connected the outbreak to chicken products sold by the company.
The recall involves 170 different chicken products, including drumsticks, thighs, chicken tenders and livers, produced at the Fresno facility of Foster Farms in March, the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture reported Thursday. The amount of chicken products involved is undetermined.
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The company took the action after federal health officials reported a case of Salmonella Heidelberg infection on June 23 matched the strain that has been found in Foster Farms products.
All of the products involved were shipped to California, Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Alaska.
Some of the recalled chicken products bear the labels FoodMaxx, Kroger, Safeway, Savemart, Valbest and Sunland, although most are labeled with the Foster Farms logo. No fresh products currently in grocery stores are involved, the company said.
Since the outbreak began in 2013, 574 people from 27 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Last October, the USDA sent a letter to Foster Farms that documented numerous instances of poor sanitation practices at the company's plant, including finding "fecal material on carcasses."
In May, Foster Farms said that it had started tighter screening of birds, improved safety on the farms where the birds are raised and improved sanitary conditions in its plants.
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For more on the outbreak and a full list of recalled products, go to the USDA