YONKERS, N.Y. — Consumer Reports and advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest have urged consumers to steer clear of all raw chicken from the Foster Farms’ processing plants associated with a widespread salmonella outbreak.
CSPI further called on Foster Farms to recall all its contaminated meat.
Neither Foster Farms nor the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service have issued a recall, though FSIS did send out a public health warning earlier this week.
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According to Consumer Reports, the tainted chicken was sold under a variety of labels, including certain private brands of Safeway, Kroger and Costco.
Kroger removed all products named by FSIS from stores on Tuesday and alerted customers to return such items for a refund.
Safeway and Costco have not as yet recalled the chicken or alerted customers on their websites. WinCo Foods reposted the FSIS notice on its website but did not issue a recall.
The outbreak includes 278 illnesses in 17 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The salmonella strains associated with the outbreak are resistant to several common antibiotics, the CDC said.
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