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Salmonella Outbreak Associated with Foster Farms Chicken

The USDA (US Department of Agriculture) issued a Public Health Alert on October 7, 2013 to warn consumers of illnesses associated with consuming chicken from 3 Foster Farm processing plants in California.As of October 11, 2013, 317 people have become ill in 20 different States. A recall has not been issued on this chicken because, according to Dr. Ron Chapman, Director for CA Department of Public Health and State Health Officer, with proper handling and preparation, this product is safe for consumption.

The City of Long Beach DHHS would like to remind the public to handle raw chicken properly by following these 4 steps:

Clean

Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat, poultry, or seafood.

Wash utensils, cutting boards, dishes, and countertops with hot soapy water after preparing each food item and before you go on to prepare the next item.

Food contact surfaces may be sanitized with a freshly made solution of 1 tablespoon of unscented, liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.

Separate

Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from other foods in your grocery shopping cart and in your refrigerator.

If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

Never place cooked food on a plate that previously held raw meat, poultry or seafood.

Cook

Cook poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees F as measured with a food thermometer.

Chill

Chill food promptly and properly.Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours (or 1 hour if temperatures are above 90 degrees F).

For more information on the Salmonella outbreak associated with Foster Farms Chicken, please see the attached links.

See attached link for questions and answers from the USDA
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/news-releases-statements-transcripts/news-release-archives-by-year/archive/2013/QA-101613

See attached link for additional information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/heidelberg-10-13/index.html

See attached link for additional information from the CA Dept of Public Health
http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR13-047.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CdphNewsRoom+(CDPH+News+Room)