The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) has reviewed Foster Farms’ safety plan for its three California facilities in Livingston and Fresno. These plants have been implicated in an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that has sickened 278 people in 18 states.
The plants are allowed to stay open due to Foster Farms’ implementation of several new food safety controls over the last two months and the company’s commitment to install added processes during an enhanced inspection period over the next 90 days. USDA-FSIS inspectors continue to inspect and approve the safety of Foster Farms chicken daily.
“The California Dept. of Public Health has not requested Foster Farms to recall chickens because, with proper handling and preparation, this product is safe for consumption. Chicken is a raw animal protein that is expected to have some level of naturally occurring bacteria present,” said Ron Chapman, Director of the California Dept. of Public Health and state health officer.