Costco’s El Camino Real store in South San Francisco, Calif., is recalling 9,043 units (approximately 39,755 lbs.) of rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad
The products were sold directly to consumers in a Costco located at 1600 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, Calif., between Sept. 11 and Sep. 23, 2013.
This recall was initiated due to concerns about a group of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of rotisserie chicken products prepared in and purchased at the Costco El Camino Real store. The PFGE pattern (0258) associated with this outbreak is reported rarely in the United States. FSIS, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Mateo Public Health Department, determined through epidemiologic and traceback investigations that there is a link between the Costco El Camino Real rotisserie chicken products and this illness outbreak. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, public health partners in California and Costco on the investigation. FSIS will continue to provide information as it becomes available.
NBC reports that nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products are being recalled by a Costco in South San Francisco, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday. Officials said the chicken products may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg linked to Foster Farms chicken. The products subject to recall are:
• 313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad
The USDA said the products were sold directly to consumers at the Costco on 1600 El Camino Real between Sept. 11 and Sept. 23.
The Kroger Company removed the affected Foster Farms raw chicken products from store shelves earlier this week and notified customers that they may have bought contaminated meat. The company removed products from its Fred Meyer, Fry’s, King Soopers/City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Smith’s in southern Nevada and New Mexico and QFC stores and warehouses.
CBC Sacramento has learned that Safeway, FoodSource and Costco all had chicken carrying a different name or an additional name, but with lot numbers associated with the outbreak linked to Foster Farms.
At Safeway, it was under Eating Right and O Organics, FoodSource had ValuBest and Costco had the Kirkland brand added to it.
The CDC reports as of October 7, 2013, a total of 278 individuals infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 17 states. Most of the ill persons (77%) have been reported from California. The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Alaska (2), Arkansas (1), Arizona (11), California (213), Colorado (4), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Hawaii (1), Idaho (2), Michigan (2), North Carolina (1), Nevada (8), Oregon (8), Texas (5), Utah (2), Washington (15) and Wisconsin (1).
42% of ill persons have been hospitalized.
Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken is the likely source of this outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg infections.
The CDC reported in July of 2013, a total of 134 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg reported from 13 states. 31% of ill persons were hospitalized, and no deaths were reported. Most of the ill persons were reported from two states, Oregon (40) and Washington (57). Collaborative investigative efforts of local, state, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that Foster Farms brand chicken was the most likely source of this outbreak. Testing conducted by the Washington State Public Health Laboratories identified the outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg in four intact samples of chicken collected from three ill persons’ homes in Washington, which were traced back to two Foster Farms slaughter establishments.
As of October 7, 2013, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert due to concerns that illness caused by Salmonella Heidelberg is associated with chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.
This investigation is ongoing. USDA-FSIS is prepared to take additional actions or expand the investigation based on new evidence.
The outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics. This antibiotic resistance may be associated with an increased risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals.
Food Safety News reports, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert Monday after an estimated 278 illnesses in 18 states caused by Salmonella Heidelberg were linked to consumption of raw chicken produced at three Foster Farms facilities in California.
FSIS said while the illnesses had not been been linked to a specific product or production period, raw chicken from the company’s California facilities bear one of the these establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package: “P6137,” “P6137A,” and “P7632.” The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.
Foster Farms released a statement on Monday noting that no recall of its chicken products is in effect and emphasizing that people should safely handle raw chicken products and make sure that raw chicken is thoroughly cooked before consumption.
“While the company, FSIS and CDC continue to investigate the issue, Foster Farms has instituted a number of additional food safety practices, processes and technology throughout company facilities that have already proven effective in controlling Salmonella in its Pacific Northwest operations earlier this year,” the company stated.
FSIS noted that it is continuing to investigate the Salmonella Heidelberg infections, along with monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments in the affected states.
However, the FSIS alert stated that, “The investigations indicate that consumption of Foster Farms brand chicken and other brand chicken produced at Foster Farms plants are the likely source of this outbreak of SalmonellaHeidelberg infections. Illnesses were linked to Foster Farms brand chicken through epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials.”
Kentucky: The Hopkins County Kentucky Health Department confirms a Salmonella outbreak after one person’s death was reported on Wednesday. Health officials say there have been seven confirmed cases. Of the six, four people were hospitalized. One has died. The Health Department says they started the investigation on Tuesday. They say it could take a few weeks. Officials are unsure if the outbreak is caused by contaminated food or if it is animal related. Investigators will be attempting to link the cases together with food diaries and interviewing the victims.
North Carolina: North Carolina county and state health officials have again updated the number of victims of a Salmonella outbreak that followed a fundraising barbecue held Sept. 7 at a church in Shelby, NC. Officials said Monday there are now 89 likely Salmonella cases, with 13 people hospitalized. The most recent date someone reported first feeling ill was Sept. 14. News reports stated that there were 40 cases in Cleveland County, 46 in Rutherford County and two in Gaston County. Another Salmonella case was reported in South Carolina.
The Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby is the focus of an investigation by state and county health officials searching for the cause of an outbreak of Salmonella. The outbreak was first reported following the annual fund-raising barbecue at Sandy Plains Baptist Church on New House Road last Saturday.
Cleveland County and North Carolina health officials first said nine people were sickened following the barbecue and five of those cases were serious enough to require hospitalization. Thursday, the numbers jumped to 54 probable cases. Eleven of them are confirmed. All but one person who has been hospitalized have been released.
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