Take Two for October 8, 2013

Foster Farms chickens blamed for salmonella outbreak

Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.

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Backyard chickens perch in their pen. Chickens produced at Foster Farms sites in California are being blamed for a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 300 people.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foster Farms raw chicken products made at three California sites since March may have sickened nearly 300 people in 18 states.  

The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak of illnesses to a specific product or production period. The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

The timing is unfortunate, as many of the federal workers who track food-borne illnesses are currently furloughed because of the government shutdown.

Wired's Maryn McKenna joins the show with more. 


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