14 Alaskans have been linked to a national outbreak of Salmonella, connected to Foster Farms raw chicken, produced in California.
The affected packages include those with USDA inspection marks: “P6137,” “P6137A,” or “P7632.” These products were mainly distributed in California, Oregon, and Washington state. A total of 278 illnesses have been recorded in 18 states.
Current USDA regulations allow the sale of raw poultry that contains Salmonella, since the bacteria is killed when chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Foster Farms is not issuing a recall, but the USDA has put out a public health alert.
Symptoms of Salmonella illness usually include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. The symptoms usually begin one to three days after exposure, and the illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most people recover on their own without medical treatment.