October 20, 2016

Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak: What’s Wrong With This Timeline?

The Salmonella outbreaks associated with Foster Farms chicken have a troubling timeline. Looking at the dates, it’s hard to tell if it’s one long outbreak or two, but all told  Foster Farms chicken has caused 472 lab confirmed cases of Salmonella poisoning since June 2012. And, because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that for every lab-confirmed case there are 29 others that go unreported, that means 13,688 people have been sickened by Foster Farms chicken in the last 16 months. Looking at the timeline, a couple of things stand out. For example, why did it take so long for health officials to inform the public?  With both outbreaks, it took about eight months from the time the first person became ill and the time the outbreak was announced.  And why was the first … [Read more...]

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