Foster Farms' salmonella outbreak has now sickened 416 consumers in US and Puerto Rico, CDC says; cases primarily located in California
December 20, 2013
– The Foster Farms salmonella Heidelberg outbreak has sickened 416 consumers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, according to information released by the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. The CDC previously reported in November that 389 illnesses were associated with the outbreak.
The cases are primarily located in California, 74%, and 39% of people infected were hospitalized.
Due to the outbreak, Costco’s El Camino Real store in San Francisco recalled Foster Farms branded chicken in October sold as Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens and Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad sold in September, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In October, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reviewed a new safety plan at Foster Farms’ plants that produced the tainted meat, permitting the processing facilities to stay open.