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October 14, 2013

US: Costco recalls rotisserie chicken over salmonella risk

US wholesaler Costco has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products from a store in California due to a potential link with an outbreak of salmonella.

US wholesaler Costco has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products from a store in California due to a potential link with an outbreak of salmonella.

To date, 317 people in 20 states have fallen ill from strains of salmonella heidelberg linked to raw poultry products made at three plants owned by US poultry group Foster Farms.

Almost three-quarters of those who have fallen ill have been in California – where the three Foster Farms facilities are located. No deaths have been reported.

In a notice at the weekend, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Costco had recalled 8,730 Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens, and 13 total units of Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad. The products were sold directly to consumers in a South San Francisco store between 11 and 23 September.

The products may have been contaminated with a type of salmonella heidelberg linked to the ongoing food poisoning outbreak associated with the three Foster Farms plants in Fresno and Livingston in California.

Last week, US consumer watchdog The Center for Science in the Public Interest said seven strains of salmonella were responsible for the illnesses and warned some may be “highly resistant” to treatment by antibiotics.

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