Salmonella outbreak affects NV

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Salmonella outbreak affects NV

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USDA is investigating an outbreak of salmonella in raw chicken products distributed from Foster Farms facilities in California.

The U.S Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert after nearly 300 cases of salmonella have been reported in 18 states, including Nevada where there have been 8 cases so far. Raw chicken products from three Foster Farms facilities in California caused the outbreak.

The products were mostly distributed to stores in California, Oregon, and Washington. The USDA is investigating the outbreak but, at this time, is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product or production period.

Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially for people with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Nevada state officials are urging residents to handle chicken products properly and to make sure the poultry reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees when cooking it.

Raw products from the facilities in question have one of these numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package: P6137, P6137A, P7632.

You can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854 or ask questions online.