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. Foster Farms regrets any illness associated with its products.
Experts agree that even with very low levels of incidence, the poultry industry cannot completely eliminate the risk of illness. All raw chicken must be properly handled to avoid cross contamination and fully cooked to 165 degrees to ensure safety.
The company now leads the industry in reducing incidence levels of Salmonella. As a result, Foster Farms is leading a specialized U.S. poultry industry working group dedicated to further reducing Salmonella during the second stage of processing, after whole birds are divided into parts. Foster Farms is actively sharing its learnings with other producers in the food industry for the benefit of consumers nationwide. Through its collaboration and data sharing with the USDA, the company is helping to set the new industry standard.
SOURCE Foster Farms