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Concern Over Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Prompts Recall of Rotisserie Chicken Products

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A San Francisco area Costo recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chickens and chicken products that are potentially contaminated with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.

The recall is the latest development in the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak. Raw chicken produced at three of the company’s plants have sickened hundreds of people in 18 states. The chicken products were distributed mainly to retailers in California, Oregon, and Washington State, according to the Huffington Post.

Salmonella Heidelberg produces symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, headache, chills, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours.

The size and seriousness of the outbreak prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bring back doctors and scientists furloughed by the government shutdown to monitor the crisis, according to FoodProductDesign.com.

Costco pulled 8,730 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens and 313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad from store shelves. The chicken products were sold from September 11 to September 23, according to the Huffington Post.

This is the first recall at the retail level in the nation to be connected to Foster Farms.

Health officials urged consumers to cook chicken thoroughly and take other precautions to ensure their safety. Eating Salmonella-contaminated chicken cooked at less than 165 degrees can make you ill, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). At least one person was sickened after eating a contaminated rotisserie chicken, and health officials are unsure of how it became contaminated, the Huffington Post reported.

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