October 11, 2013 (San Diego) – Nearly two dozen San Diegans have fallen ill with salmonella due to raw chicken products from Foster Farms facilities in California. However the products were also sold under other brands and store names including Ralph’s, Safeway, Kirkland (sold at CostCo), O Organics, and Eating Rights.
Foster Farms announced yesterday that it has reached an agreement with federal inspectors to make improvements to its processing. They company has not recalled products, insisting that cooking the tainted chickens thoroughly eliminates risk. But Consumer Reports contends that the chicken products should be recalled to protect consumers.
If you eat chicken, be sure to avoid contaminating food preparation surface and thoroughly clean any surface that comes in contacted with raw chicken. Use a food thermometer when cooking to assure that the meat is done.