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Salmonella Outbreak Connected to Three California Plants that Process Raw Chicken

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A salmonella outbreak that has left nearly 300 people in 18 states sick has been linked to raw chicken products made at three California plants.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the plants are owned by Foster Farms and that the outbreak is still spreading. As of the latest update, 278 people have reported illnesses as the result of eating the chicken. Many of the illnesses have been in California. The chicken products were distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington, the USDA told Reuters.

According to the USDA, the illnesses were the result of strains of Salmonella Heidelberg. The illnesses were traced back to Foster Farms brand chicken through epidemiologic and laboratory investigations run by local, state and federal officials, Reuters reported. Foster Farms, located in Livingston, California, released a statement saying it was working with authorities to limit the occurrence of Salmonella Heidelberg on raw chicken products. The company has not issued a recall.

According to Reuters, Salmonella Heidelberg is the third most common strain of salmonella. The strain can result in foodborne illness if not killed by proper cooking heat. Common symptoms of infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Symptoms such as chills, headache, nausea and vomiting can also occur and can last up to seven days. disclaimer: This article: Salmonella Outbreak Connected to Three California Plants that Process Raw Chicken was posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 at 8:47 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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