Consumer Advisory: Foster Farms Chicken
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a health advisory on raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill. The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak of illnesses to a specific product or production period.
No product recall is in effect.
The FSIS alert states: “FSIS further reminds consumers of the critical importance of following package cooking instructions for frozen or fresh chicken products and general food safety guidelines when handling and preparing any raw meat or poultry.... All poultry products should be cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165° F as determined by a food thermometer. Using a food thermometer is the only way to know that food has reached a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.”