update salmonella strains associated with the Foster Farms outbreak have been identified as antibacterial -resistant strains.
Fears were heightened Tuesday when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 42 percent of the sick people were hospitalized — double the normal rate for such an outbreak. The CDC also reported that some of the salmonella strains detected were showing resistance to antibiotics.
“That helps explain the high rates of hospitalization,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food-safety director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is calling for a recall of poultry from the problem plants.
Although the Food Safety Inspection Service, which issued the alert Monday, said people in 18 states had become ill after eating Foster Farms poultry, almost 80 percent of those affected were in California, said Dr. David Goldman, of the Office of Public Health Science at the service.
Authorities have not issued a recall, but the nation’s largest grocery chain, Kroger, said Tuesday that it was pulling chicken from the three Foster Farms plants off shelves. Kroger runs Fred Meyer and QFC stores in the Pacific Northwest.
The chicken in question can be identified in supermarkets with USDA marks of inspection P6137, P6137A or P7P6137, P6137A or P7632.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is threatening to close three California poultry plants operated by Foster Farms blamed for an outbreak of salmonella poisoning that has sickened at least 278 people nationwide.
In a letter sent Monday to Foster Farms, the USDA said sanitary conditions at the facilities were so poor that they posed a “serious ongoing threat to public health.”
Four confirmed Florida cases of salmonellosis linked to Foster Farms chicken
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