Chicken products sold in Oregon are recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced that Foster Farms has recalled an undetermined amount of chicken products that may be contaminated with a particular strain of Salmonella.  The recall includes chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names with “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 7 through March 31, 2014.  These products were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other stores and distribution centers in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  The specific list of products which have been recalled can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/75867fb6-a1a9-46d0-8926-74291cff58e2/Foster-Farms-recalled-products.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

In cooperation with the Foster Farms recall, Safeway has voluntarily recalled a number of chicken products which were supplied by Foster Farms with “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 17 through March 29, 2014.  The chicken products were sold in self-service and full-service meat cases in Safeway stores in Northern California, Hawaii, Northern Nevada, Oregon and Western Washington during the month of March of 2014.  The chicken products were sold as fresh and are no longer available in stores; however, customers are asked to check their freezers for these products.

Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product.  The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. The elderly, infants, and those with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.

The USDA press release can be viewed at:

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-044-2014-release

The Safeway press release can be viewed at:

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/safeway-voluntarily-recalls-various-chicken-products-in-five-states-in-cooperation-with-foster-farms-recall-265855251.html