Foster Farms is recalling chicken sold with use or freeze by dates in March due to possible Salmonella contamination. The chicken was sold under the company's name and under private labels including Safeway, Kroger, SaveMart and Valbest.
Foster Farms says the chicken was produced in March and has a “use or freeze by” date ranging from March 16, 2014 to March 29, 2014. These products were shipped to Costco, Kroger, Safeway, FoodMaxx and other retail stores retail stores and distribution centers in Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah.
Customers with products from the above dates should check for a "P" with a number that indicates the plant code. The recalled items came from plants with plant codes P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632.
The recall includes Sunland Frozen Chicken with “best by” dates from March 2 to March 11, 2015.
"Fresh Foster Farms branded chicken products in grocery stores today are not involved," company officials said in a statement. "Individually frozen bags of chicken sold at retail are not involved. Products were sold under the Foster Farms and private label brand names."
A full list of involved products is on http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/75867fb6-a1a9-46d0-8926-74291cff58e2/Foster-Farms-recalled-products.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.
Foster Farms says one person became sick in May after eating one of its products.
However, the government says this illness is part of an ongoing outbreak being monitored and investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the CDC.
"Until this point, there had been no direct evidence that linked the illnesses associated with this outbreak to a specific product or production lot," officials said. "Evidence that is required for a recall includes obtaining case-patient product that tests positive for the same particular strain of Salmonella that caused the illness, packaging on product that clearly links the product to a specific facility and a specific production date, and records documenting the shipment and distribution of the product from purchase point of the case-patient to the originating facility."
For more information, consumers can contact the company’s Consumer Affairs hotline at 800-338-8051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.