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Foster Farms Chicken Linked to Salmonella Outbreak


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A package of Foster Farms chicken is for sale in a cooler at a grocery store on October 9, 2013 in San Anselmo, California.
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A package of Foster Farms chicken is for sale in a cooler at a grocery store on October 9, 2013 in San Anselmo, California.

Foster Farms may be forced to close three California processing plants in the wake of a salmonella outbreak linked to its poultry that has sickened at least 278 people across 17 states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a warning, but not a recall; Foster Farms blames the sicknesses on undercooked or improperly handled chicken. About 30 furloughed employees from the Centers for Disease and Control were called back to work to handle the investigation. We discuss the issue.

Host: Judy Campbell

Guests:

  • Dr. Michael K. Hansen, senior scientist at Consumer's Union, a nonprofit publisher of consumer reports
  • Maurice Pitesky, veterinarian and poultry advisor for the UC Davis Cooperative Extension

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