Kern County health officials warn consumers to prepare chicken carefully after first salmonella case

USDA threatening to close down 3 facilities

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County health officials have linked its first case of Salmonella to the national outbreak of raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California.

On Thursday, the US Department of Agriculture demanded that the chicken company respond to them with a solution about how to fix the problem by today. 

USDA officials said the company has had multiple sanitation regulations violations and they are threatening to shut down production at all three facilities. 

As of right now, Foster Farms has not issued a recall on the chicken. 

According to Environmental health officials the outbreak has now spread to over 18 states. In California there have been 213 reported cases, making it the state with the most effected people.

The outbreak has left many wondering what they should do if they find their food is infected.

"If you think that there's any chance that your product is one that would be under a recall, then don't take a chance. When in doubt throw it out," said Donna Fenton with Kern County's Environmental Health Department.

According to Fenton, although the facilities were operated by Foster Farms, people should actually be checking any chicken that they have recently purchased. Other products could have been made at the same facility.

"They're not sure that it's isolated to just the foster farms brand. Look for those numbers it doesn't matter what brand at this point," Fenton explained.

The numbers on the outside packages of the chicken, include: P6137, P6137A and P7632

Fenton said people can still consume the product if they want, but it should be cooked at 165 degrees, do not cross contaminate and always wash your hands when handling raw food.

23ABC talked to representatives from Save Mart and FoodMaxx that said if you have bought the chicken the stores will take it back and refund it. 

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