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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Major Salmonella Outbreak Linked to CA Chicken

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:40 AM

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Nearly 300 people in 18 states are sick from salmonella poisoning, which has been linked to Foster Farms chicken from California. If you've got chicken hanging out in your fridge or freezer marked with the code P6137, P6137A, or P7632, know that it could be part of the affected batches. Foster Farms has yet to issue a recall and instead urges customers to fully cook chicken before consuming it.

See also: Surprise: Chicken Nuggets Contain Gross Ingredients

Of course, this comes at a most inconvenient time, as the government shutdown is preventing many major departments to fully function -- including the personnel at the CDC that specialize in multistate disease tracking, according to Wired.

The news came via a health alert from the USDA late Tuesday night, which outlined the scope of the outbreak and reminded of the symptoms of salmonellosis:

"diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days."

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Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.


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