By Miriam Raftery
July 9, 2014 (Fresno) -- At least 621 people in 29 states have been sickened by a salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms chickens. The government has ordered a shut down of one of the company’s facilities in California and a voluntary recall has been issued by the company on chicken products sold at major retail outlets including large grocery store chains as well as military bases.
The outbreak has gone on for 16 months, but the company did not agree to recall most products until early July. The outbreak includes seven strains of a drug-resistant form of salmonella that makes infections hard to treat. Almost 40 percent of the victims have been hospitalized and 13 percent developed serious bloodstream infections, NBC news reports.