FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- The first product recall has been issued for a California chicken producer since it was linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year.
The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture said Thursday night it has found evidence directly linking Foster Farms boneless-skinless chicken breast to a case of Salmonella Heidelberg.
As a result, Foster Farms issued a recall for 170 different chicken products that came from its Fresno facilities in March.
Foster Farms says the products have "use or freeze by" dates from March 21 to March 29 and have been distributed to California, Hawaii, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Alaska.
The total amount of chicken involved was not immediately announced.
The salmonella Heidelberg outbreak has led to more than 500 illnesses in 27 states, but no deaths.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The chicken products were produced on March 8, 10 and 11.
These products were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other retail stores and distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. The list of products subject to recall can be accessed here. We will continue to update the list as more information is available. FSIS and the company want the public to be aware that the products are mostly likely no longer available for purchase, but may be in consumers’ freezers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a Salmonella Heidelberg illness on June 23, associated with the consumption of a boneless skinless chicken breast product. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control, FSIS determined that there is a link between boneless skinless chicken breast products from Foster Farms and this illness. Based on FSIS’ epidemiological and traceback investigations, one case-patient has been identified in California with an illness onset date of May 5.
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