Salmonella outbreak infects hundreds in the US amid government shutdown

public health alert has been issued by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in relation to chicken produced at three Foster Farms facilities. Some 278 reported cases of Salmonella Heidelberg infections have been linked to poultry coming from those farms, affecting people in 18 states. The bulk of those are in California, which is the main distribution area for the chicken in question, along with the states of Oregon and Washington.

What’s unusual about this outbreak — described as “still ongoing” by the FSIS – is that it’s taking place during a self-imposed US government shutdown. The US Department of Agriculture website that hosts the health alert is only partially available “due to the lapse in federal government…

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