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USDA says California poultry plants linked to salmonella outbreak in chicken can stay open
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 9:23 PM EDT
The Agriculture Department says three California poultry processing facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak in raw chicken can stay open, for now.
The department threatened earlier this week to shut down the plants if Foster Farms did not prove that it had made enough changes. Sampling by the USDA in September showed that raw chicken processed by those facilities included strains of salmonella that were linked to the outbreak that has sickened 278 people in 17 states.
The department said government inspectors will monitor the company's improvements and sample Foster Farms meat for the next three months.