It's not just Foster Farms chicken you need to worry about. Our food safety experts say that other major brands are processed in the same plants involved in the salmonella outbreak that has now sickened nearly 300 people in 17 states. Examples of those other brands include Eating Right, Kirkland Signature, O Organics, Open Nature, Ralphs, Safeway Farms, and Simple Truth Organic. Consumer Reports says that you should avoid all raw chicken products with any of these three plant codes on their packages: P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632. (See the image below for what the codes look like on the labels.)
Our experts made that recommendation after learning that the U.S. Department of Agriculture had issued "Notice of Intended Enforcement" letters to those processing plants, all of which are in California."These letters highlight the serious safety concerns with these plants and ALL the products that are being processed there, not just chicken labeled Foster Farms," says Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D., toxicologist and executive director of the Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center.
So far we've heard of only one grocery company—Kroger—that says it is removing all raw chicken products processed at the implicated plants from their family of stores. Those include Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers/City Market, Ralphs, Food 4 Less (West Coast), Smith's (southern Nevada and New Mexico), and QFC.
Yesterday we reported that as part of our ongoing tests of meat and poultry, we had found a strain of Salmonella in a sample of Foster Farms raw chicken that matched one of those associated with the current outbreak.
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