The recall involves products that were distributed in Washington, California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Alaska. Foster Farms advised consumers to discard or return affected product to where they purchased it.
“The 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,” the company said in a statement. “Foster Farms regrets any illness associated with its products.”
Consumers were told to look for products with plant codes of P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632.
Salmonella is bacteria that causes an illness that usually lasts between four and seven days. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The majority of cases don’t require treatment other than oral fluids, though about 23,000 people are hospitalized and about 450 die each year in the United States from salmonella.
Salmonella is estimated to cause about 1.2 million illnesses in the United States annually. Symptoms typically occur 12 hours to three days after the infection and the contaminated foods are often of animal origin.