The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert concerning salmonella in raw chicken this week. FSIS has determined that the source of the current outbreak of salmonella is from raw chicken packaged out from Foster Farms plants, according to NBC News reports on Oct. 8.
Due to the government shutdown, a total of 300 cases of salmonella illnesses were reported in 18 states – a large number of cases revealed supposedly as a result of the dwindling number of CDC staff available to finding the source of food diseases sooner.
Foster Farms has poultry plant locations in Ore., Wash., Calif. and Ala.
The USDA has released to the consumer public – packaging numbers P6137, P6137A and P7632 – may be the source of this outbreak that has caused hundreds of reported illnesses across the states.
Government food officials are warning the public to always cook chicken until they have reached 165 degrees before ingesting.
According to Fox News reports in a statement by Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, “With two-thirds of CDC staff unable to work, we’re less likely to find outbreaks, to stop them as quickly, and determine ways to prevent future outbreaks.”
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