CALIFORNIA – Foster Farms has issued a recall on a few of its chicken products on Thursday. The recall is tied to a 16-month salmonella outbreak, and is the first recall Foster Farms has ordered due to the outbreak.
The possibly infected chicken all have ‘use or freeze by’ dates from March 21 to March 29, said Foster Farms. They also have the packaging codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632.
Currently, Foster Farms is the largest poultry producer in California. The company has not yet said exactly how many pounds of chicken is being recalled.
“This recall is prompted by a single illness associated with specific fresh chicken product, but in the fullest interest of food safety, Foster Farms has broadened the recall to encompass all products packaged at that time,” the Livingston, Calif.-based company said in a written statement. “Foster Farms regrets any illness associated with its products.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service noted that the mentioned illness had infected a 10-year-old living in California, after the child had eaten a chicken breast produced by the company. The child was hospitalized.
During the 16-month outbreak, almost 600 people were sickened from salmonella. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has linked the salmonella back to Foster Farms, and “now has conclusive evidence directly linking Foster Farms product” due to the child’s illness, a spokesperson said.
Before Thursday, Foster Farms had no legal obligation to recall any of their products, as salmonella can naturally occur in poultry.
Ironically, the recall happened only two weeks after the company announced it had less instances of salmonella in their products than other poultry companies.