Whoa, that pesky salmonella. Striking again. This time the harmful strain can be attributed to conditions at a Foster Farms poultry plant in California.
Salmonella is a thorn in the chicken industry’s side: the salmonella bacteria is actually quite common in the poultry industry and can be detected in most chickens, often from birth. Since the salmonella bacteria can be killed through cooking, government officials allow some levels of the contaminant to be present in poultry factories. The largest concern over the recent outbreak, however, is the particular strain of salmonella: Salmonella Heidelberg. Salmonella Heidelberg has become resistant to some common antibiotics and over 40% of the recent illnesses have resulted in hospitalizations, twice the normal rate associated with most salmonella outbreaks.
Currently, 362 people have reportedly been infected across 21 states. No deaths have been reported. Recalls have been issued at several grocery store chains, including the Costco in San Francisco, CA. Nevertheless, the salmonella tainted chicken may still be in circulation in grocery stores around the country as the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, F.S.I.S., did not actually order Foster Farms or any grocery store to recall the tainted chicken. The current solution to the outbreak: handle your chicken carefully, and cook it well.
This is not the first salmonella outbreak, nor will it be the last. MEDRECS is constantly monitoring the CDC and other sources for information on outbreaks and other consumer issues. We have been intimately involved in the rapid gathering and processing of medical records for patients affected by past salmonella outbreaks related to peanut butter and other tainted food products. The speedy retrieval and vetting of medical records is critical both to law firms and the patients they represent in order to ensure a complete understanding of the outbreak and subsequent illnesses, and to ensure impartial and transparent access to the primary evidence: the medical records.
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