Foster Farms Chicken Source of Salmonella Outbreak
A Salmonella outbreak was traced to Foster Farms chicken grown in Washington and California in 2012 and 2013. A second Salmonella outbreak was traced to Foster Farms chicken grown in California later on in 2013.
When the first Salmonella outbreak had ended, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had counted 134 people from 13 states with Salmonella Heidelberg infections traced to Foster Farms chicken. The second Salmonella outbreak impacted at least 389 people in 23 states and Puerto Rico. By mid-November, the CDC and state health departments were still investigating the Salmonella outbreak.
7 Strains of Salmoenlla Heidelberg Counted as Part of Outbreak Linked to Foster Farms Chicken
At least 57 Salmonella serotype Heidelberg cases in Washington state and 40 in Oregon were traced to Foster Farms-produced chicken between June of 2012 and January of 2013, according to the CDC. Overall, 31 percent of people who became ill with Salmonella infections after eating the Foster Farms chicken were hospitalized.
Among the 389 persons who were part of the later Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak, 42% were hospitalized. Most were from California. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (1), Arkansas (1), Arizona (16), California (288), Colorado (7), Connecticut (1), Delaware (1), Florida (4), Idaho (4), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (3), Missouri (5), North Carolina (1), Nevada (10), New Mexico (2), Oregon (10), Puerto Rico (1), Texas (10), Utah (2), Virginia (3), Washington (15), and Wisconsin (1).
Symptoms of Salmonella illness usually include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. The symptoms usually begin one to three days after exposure, and the illness usually lasts four to seven days.
Chicken is a Common Source of Salmonella
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), between 30 and 35 percent of processed poultry is contaminated with Salmonella.
Contact the Marler Clark Salmonella Attorneys
If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection after consuming contaminated Foster Farms chicken and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Salmonella outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of Salmonella and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation. You can fill out the contact form or call toll-free at 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.