Hundreds of Americans have fallen ill over the last 7 months due to a salmonella outbreak that has affected 18 states.
ABC News reports that the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak has been associated with three Foster Farms facilities in California that package raw chicken and 278 have been infected with it so far. The United States Department of Agriculture has warned the public about the illness which was first discovered in March and it has been linked with three retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington.
No chicken products will be recalled but health officials recommend that people wash and cook their chicken to 165 degrees to avoid getting infected with salmonella. The USDA said that people should wash their hands thoroughly after handling raw chicken to avoid the disease.