Foster Farms salmonella outbreak hits OR, WA

Foster Farms salmonella outbreak hits OR, WA

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by Cornelius Swart, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

PORTLAND -- Health officials connected eight cases of Salmonella in Oregon and 15 in Washington state to contaminated Foster Farms chicken. Health alerts were issued Thursday.

Half the Oregon cases resulted in hospitalization, six were female with an undetermined number of children and no deaths, said an Oregon Health Authority spokesperson.

In Washington state, five children and 10 adults have been infected with no hospitalizations according to the state’s department of health.

The local warning comes two days after the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert due to a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses connected to raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California. Three hundred people in 17 states have been infected, so far. Most of those impacted live in California.

Foster Farms has not recalled the chicken and NBC News reported that USDA officials have threatened to shutter their plants for noncompliance.

In previous KGW reports, consumers were warned to look out for chicken with lot numbers P6137, P6137A and P7632.

A spokesperson for Fred Meyer said the company had pulled all the impacted food from their shelves.

Earlier this year, 130 people in Oregon and Washington were sickened by Foster Farms chicken, 30 percent of them were hospitalized.

The OHA urges residents to cook poultry completely and to handle it in a way that does not contaminate other food.

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