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Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing

LIVINGSTON, Calif. (AP) - Federal health officials say a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chicken isn't over and has now infected 524 people in 25 states and Puerto Rico.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the updated numbers on Wednesday. The agency reported in January that the outbreak appeared to be over. It has been going on since March 2013.

The CDC noted an uptick in illnesses in February.

The outbreak led to a public health alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California.

Though no one has died, the CDC says the outbreak strains have been resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics.

Foster Farms says it has implemented a salmonella control program that has reduced the prevalence of salmonella in its products.

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emunoz1390 April 10 2014 at 5:51 PM

I wash mine in the washing machine with soap and bleach then toss it for the crows.

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halversjohn emunoz1390 April 10 2014 at 6:02 PM

then do you kill and eat the crows?

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Glen emunoz1390 April 10 2014 at 6:50 PM

You refer to your panties?

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Dottie Glen April 10 2014 at 7:37 PM

just what do you mean by that. give us an answer if you are not to stuped////

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Lisa A. Santos April 10 2014 at 1:53 PM

Careful handling at home,hand washing,utensils used on the chicken and surfaces where you prepare the chicken have to be thoroughly cleaned. Whats worse is the virus which has killed thousands of piglets around the U.S. possibly from CHINA!!

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fmecciacvpa April 10 2014 at 2:29 PM

Because of mass production we are going to have this problem. How many times do we have to tell people..Wash your hands, when cooking at home, use a clean surface, clean up after your done preparing meats, and cook your chicken till it's done.. If the juice runs red... keep cooking. And never use the same cutting board for chicken and then veggies... This is not brain science just common sence if your cooking in your home

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rosspoling April 10 2014 at 2:52 PM

If its not FDA its USDA. What is it going to be next CIA, FBI or IRS.

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kierstenwallace April 11 2014 at 3:55 AM

The important thing here is that the salmonella is antibiotic resistant. Antibiotics are fed to livestock to make them grow faster and keep them "healthy" because they stand their whole lives in their ****. The abuse of antibiotics creates super bugs that will eventually kill us all. We will not be able to fight off a simple infection because the bacteria have become resistant. Humans created this shitstorm and nothing is being done to change it. Buy from your local farmer. Campylobacter is another fun little bug that lives in 90 plus percent of grocery store raw chicken products. Wash your hands, cook to 165 and buy from your local, friendly farmer.

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lkemer kierstenwallace April 11 2014 at 6:46 PM

I totally agree with you. Not only are antibiotics being given to our animal source for quick growth, which in turn means more sales and of course more profits but most all our food sources also contain GMOs which are put directly into the foods, so washing (fruits & vegetables) will do no good. BUY DAIRY, FOUL & MEATS from local farmers and all FRUITS & VEGETABLES from Organic Farms. Also, only eat fish that is wild caught. Monsanto (the maker of Round-Up) is trying to stop labeling for GMO products. Instead, they are introducing a watered down version for a label saying "this product might contain GMO's". PLEASE, EVERYONE SIGN PETITIONS TO MAKE COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE. MAKE LABELING GMO PRODUCTS A MUST, NOT A MAYBE. GMOs are causing many diseases, including liver cancer and companies don't care. They are only interested in growing their products quickly and selling them fast for larger profits. PLEASE CARE WHAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR BODY!!!

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lastandtwo April 10 2014 at 3:33 PM

Been eating FFarms chicky for years, better than Tyson who gives you Arkansas germs..them is hard to get rid of.. Still kicking and older than dirt...

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raidrmik67 April 10 2014 at 8:30 PM

Salmonella is a naturally occurring organism in chicken and it's virtually impossible to eliminate it, the best thing to do is make sure you cook your chicken all the way through. Cook it long enough and you have nothing to worry about and I don't care what brand you purchase cook it all the way.

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Chickiepoo raidrmik67 April 11 2014 at 10:49 AM

YEP......and if you DON'T own a "meat thermometer".....there's NO better reason to go buy one.
They're NOT expensive and I ALWAYS use mine when I'm doing chicken......

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imopettibone April 10 2014 at 4:01 PM

A couple years ago a bunch of people were at work, discussing the rinsing of chicken. Most people over about 45 seem to practice this (habit from parent). The others say they never rinse it off. It just seems dangerous to me to NOT rinse. I emailed Food Network and they wouldnt even answer the email. The I emailed the FDA - and they are so non-commital - wouldnt answer a straight YES or NO - they sent a website to click on - and it seems it was pretty non-commital too. Just curious, how do all of the readers here handle chicken - rinse or not?

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Andrea April 10 2014 at 7:47 PM

Use common sense and proper handling measures. Salmonella can be in anything. I don't wash meat before cooking. It just throws the contamination everywhere. Cook to the proper temperature.

Wash veges before eating but don't soak them. We have never been sick . The only salmonella I got was while on vacation....either bad food or contamination from somewhere.

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powshel Andrea April 11 2014 at 7:16 AM

Good advice, but can we have a country where we can depend on agencies to do their job of protecting us.

If we continue to let Obama cut government workers, who knows what is next? Of course, Obama has nothing to do with the cutting of jobs, it is the House. Who got their power by some unusual way.

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loren1912 April 10 2014 at 4:07 PM

Eat organic. They don't seem to have the same problems as the commercially, mass produced meat products.

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halversjohn loren1912 April 10 2014 at 4:48 PM

germs are organic,bacteria also.i guess if you properly handle and cook it.you cant get ill.

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