No products have been recalled as of yet, but Wired reports that nearly 300 people are ill with Salmonella Heidelberg poisoning linked back to Foster Farms raw chicken.
Due to the government shutdown, which has been going on for about a week, government employees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — the group that operates the national foodborne-detection services FoodNet and PulseNet — have been unable to do their work to determine the exact cause and seriousness of the outbreak. According to Wired, the employees have all been locked out of their offices, labs, and email, so they couldn’t work on the outbreak even if they wanted to.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) sent an email alert stating, “FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period. The outbreak is continuing.”
Good to know. The outbreak is continuing and the people who are the only ones who can help pinpoint the problem and get everyone else on track to make things right are out on the street like the poor husband who just confirmed that his wife does, in fact, look fat in that dress.
Here is the information we have so far about the specifics of the Foster Farms products, as posted on the FSIS website:
At this point in the investigation, FSIS is unable to link the illnesses to a specific product and a specific production period. Raw products from the facilities in question bear one of the establishment numbers inside a USDA mark of inspection or elsewhere on the package:
The products were mainly distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington State.