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Foster Farms chicken forced to shut down by USDA

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Foster Farms had to shut down all poultry operations after intervention by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Government food inspectors discovered live cockroaches at the poultry facility, according to NBC News reports on Jan. 9.

Foster Farms has admitted to the presence of live cockroaches at their farm on several occasions that date back since September 2013.

In early October 2013, the Livingston, Calif. – based poultry plant was targeted after 400 cases of people – covering 18 states including Puerto Rico – reportedly were stricken with salmonella illnesses; 300 cases of raw chicken were recalled by Foster Farms after the FSIS determined that the source of the outbreak of salmonella was from their facility.

Food inspectors continue to warn the public to always cook chicken until they have reached 165 degrees before ingesting.

According to NBC News, Foster Farms feel the complete shutdown is temporary, “to allow for enhanced sanitizing to take place.”

In addition, the poultry company must still take steps in devising tighter measures for salmonella control and prevention.

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