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Nearly 300 sickened by Foster Farms chicken, alert issued

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that nearly 300 Salmonella illnesses are associated with raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

Officials have been unable to link the illness to a specific product and a specific production period. Raw products from the facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package: P6137, P6137A, or P7632.

The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington State.

The alert was issued after 278 illnesses were reported in 18 states, predominantly in California.  The outbreak is ongoing.

Illnesses were linked to Foster Farms brand chicken through epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials.