Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella Outbreak by Foster Farms

(from The Seattle Times) An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella has the USDA contemplating the closure of three California poultry plants managed by Foster Farms.

The eruption has sickened at least 279 individuals nationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 42% of those sickened are hospitalized.

The excessive utilization of antibiotics within the poultry business has been blamed for the antibiotic resistance found in certain strains of salmonella. The Agriculture Department has ordered Foster Farms to produce a strategy by Thursday to clean-up the poultry plants. No recalls are issued, but Kroger announced it could pull chicken from the three crops from their supermarket shelves.

Be sure to cook any chicken to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Use different cutting boards and avoid washing poultry within your sink as an additional precaution. Failure to do so could spread bacteria.