U.S. Ag department issues health alert for three Valley Foster Farms facilities

October 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A health alert has been issued by the U.S. Ag department in connection with an illness outbreak caused by Foster Farms chicken products contaminated with salmonella.

Authorities say the products came from three faster farms facilities here in the Valley, two in Fresno and one in Livingston in Merced County. The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington State.

More than 270 illnesses have been reported most of them in California and health officials say the outbreak is continuing. Consumption of food contaminated with salmonella can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants and the elderly.

At this point in the investigation, FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period. Raw products from the facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package:

P6137
P6137A
P7632

The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. For more visit www.fosterfarms.com or call Foster Farms at 800-338-8051 to learn more. Stay with action news and abc30.com for any updates on the story.


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