The USDA has issued a recall on some brands of chicken sold at Cost Cutter in Blaine and other Whatcom County stores.
On July 12, the USDA announced the recall after traces of salmonella Heidelberg were found in Foster Farms and Sunland chicken products. Three grocery store chains in Whatcom County were listed as being affected: Cost Cutter, with stores in Blaine and Ferndale; Food Pavilion, with stores in Lynden and Sedro-Woolley; and Red Apple Market in Everson.
The affected meat would have a “use by” or “freeze by” date between March 16 and March 31, 2014. Frozen chicken with expiration dates between March 7 and March 11, 2015, or August 29 to September 2, 2015 are also within range. Products subject to recall may have the numbers “P6137,” “P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection seal.
Though the meat in question is no longer available on store shelves, some customers may still have some in their freezers. The USDA encourages anyone with chicken from within the affected dates to throw the meat away.
Salmonella Heidelberg is a common food-borne bacterium that can cause salmonellosis. The bacteria can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever, and can be a serious threat to children, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems, according to the USDA. The illness usually lasts between four and seven days, and extreme symptoms could require hospitalization.
The Food Safety and Inspection Services (FSIS) was first informed of a salmonella Heidelberg illness on June 23. Working in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, FSIS was able to determine a connection between the illness and boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Foster Farms.
Foster Farms, based out of Livingston, Calif., services grocery stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The affected chicken was sent to several retail chains in those areas, including Safeway, Costco, Foodmaxx and Kroger. It is currently unknown exactly how much chicken has been recalled.
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