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Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County Public Health leaders are urging people to be cautious if they’ve bought Foster Farms chicken.

The USDA is issuing a public health alert due to an outbreak of salmonella linked to Foster Farms. The salmonella outbreak is impacting 18 states. In Lane County, health officials say as many as nine cases have been reported.

Investigators say the strain of salmonella is linked to raw chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California.

At this point, the USDA is not able to link the illness to a specific product and specific production period.

Lane County Public Health leaders say if you’ve bought the chicken be cautious of symptoms which include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours.

“The symptoms are very similar to the flu, so you’ll get that diarrhea. The difference though with the flu is typically with the flu, it’s more respiratory. You won’t have any of those respiratory symptoms with salmonella; it will be mainly digestive,” said Jason Davis, Lane County Public Health Spokesman.

The facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers on or inside the package: p6137, p6137a and p7632.

Before eating Foster Farms chicken, make sure to cook it at 165 degrees.

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