Oct. 10 - Foster Farms chicken processing facilities in California linked to a salmonella outbreak across the U.S., according to the USDA. Gavino Garay reports.
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A Salmonella outbreak is spreading across the U.S., with hundreds sickened in 18 states thus far.
The USDA has identified various Foster Farms chicken processing plants in California that could be the root of the outbreak.
The Department threatened to withdraw its inspectors from those facilities, saying Faster Farms "failed to implement adequate control measures to address the prevalence of Salmonella," local media reported.
Toxicologist Dr. Urvashi Rangan:
"It can be very difficult to treat because some of the first line of antibiotics may not be available or effective in these people."
Foster Farms has not recalled its chickens from supermarket shelves, but urges cooking the meat thoroughly.
Salmonella is killed when heated to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit, but health officials caution that there is a risk of cross-contamination when handling raw poultry.
The Center for Disease control is monitoring the situation, but has reduced staffing, due to the partial federal government shutdown.
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