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August 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Russia, the top market for U.S. chicken exports, said it would ban poultry from at least 19 plants that it said ignored warnings about inspections. Companies affected, including Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc., vowed to right any wrongs if need be. The industry's trade group said it had been expecting Russia to reduce imports anyway as the country's own production rises. Plants affected include at least two owned by Tyson; two owned by Sanderson Farms Inc., the nation's fourth-largest chicken producer; and a Jennie-O Turkey plant owned by Hormel Foods Inc.
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January 9, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
The cockroach infestation that closed a Foster Farms chicken plant in Central California was the latest setback for the giant poultry company, which last year faced a salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 400 people. The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations Wednesday at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, southeast of Modesto, and the 250,000-square-foot plant remained closed Thursday as the poultry giant tried to remedy the problem. Several food safety experts said they were surprised that cockroaches prompted the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to take action when it had failed to do so after last year's salmonella outbreak.
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NATIONAL
May 11, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac
Poultry processing plants will have to reduce the number of chicken and turkey carcasses that test positive for the toxic bacteria salmonella and campylobacter under new federal rules intended to prevent tens of thousands of food-borne illnesses each year. The standards, which the Agriculture Department unveiled Monday, are projected to result in 39,000 fewer cases of campylobacter infection and 26,000 fewer cases of salmonella poisoning,  Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a telephone call with reporters.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By David Pierson
The U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended operations at a Foster Farms poultry plant Wednesday because of a cockroach infestation. The plant, which is located in Livingston, Calif., 25 miles southeast of Modesto, was one of three Foster Farms facilities linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 416 people nationwide since last March. "Our inspectors wrote several noncompliance reports for insanitary conditions at the plant and then took the action to suspend today," Adam Tarr, a spokesman for the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said in an email Wednesday.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
It was probably inevitable. But this quickly? Clarkson Potter just published a "Fifty Shades of Grey" parody cookbook titled "Fifty Shades of Chicken," (written by the pseudonymous FL Fowler rather than EL James). "50 Chicken Recipes Bound to Be Delicious" it promises on the cover. It's pretty funny, in a calculatedly cheesy, snickeringly naughty sort of way. The cover photo is of a beautifully bronzed roast chicken resting on its side, carefully trussed. Most of the book is unquotable, including the back cover excerpt, though the attribution should give you a taste of what's to come (heh-heh)
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
An increasing proportion of Americans made ill by food-borne pathogens in 2012 suffered from the effects of bacteria often found in uncooked poultry and in seafood from warm coastal waters, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. Among the food-borne illnesses tracked in 10 U.S. monitoring sites, the incidence of illness attributed to the bacterium Campylobacter --most often originating from raw or undercooked poultry and sometimes from raw milk products--rose by 14% in 2012 over levels seen in 2006-2008.
WORLD
April 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Canadian officials ordered the slaughter of about 19 million chickens and turkeys in British Columbia to try to stop the spread of bird flu. The cull would affect about 80% of the province's poultry producers. Two workers have caught mild forms of the H7 avian flu but have recovered.
FOOD
October 26, 1989
Mix 1 (29-ounce) can undrained peach slices with 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger and a few whole cloves in saucepan. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes. Serve hot or cold with meat or poultry.
BUSINESS
March 15, 1996 | Times Wire Services
Poultry slaughter and processing in the United States spread dangerous bacteria, according to a study by a consumer group that described poultry carcasses swimming in a "fecal soup" of contamination. The Center for Science in the Public Interest said a major source of contamination is the mechanical evisceration process, which sometimes spills intestinal contents all over the body cavity and then transmits the contamination to subsequent birds.
BUSINESS
February 5, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is strengthening its poultry inspection system, requiring government inspectors at plants to check an additional 20 birds per eight-hour shift for signs of fecal contamination. The rule makes final a 1994 proposal that got sidelined as the USDA continued to look for ways to improve meat and poultry inspections, a process that culminated in an overhaul of the system announced last summer.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2013 | By David Pierson
Americans eat more chicken than any other meat. Yet when it comes to food safety, poultry is fraught with risks that consumer groups say aren't being fully addressed by producers and federal inspectors. That's the view of two reports released Thursday. The first, by the Pew Charitable Trusts, examines two recent salmonella outbreaks linked to Foster Farms chicken and concludes the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) lacks the authority to properly protect the public.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
Fourteen bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urged lawmakers Wednesday to block Chinese poultry from school lunches and other national nutrition programs because of the country's poor food safety record. In a letter , the 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for language in the 2014 agriculture appropriations bill to ensure chicken processed in China is not included in the national school lunch program, the school breakfast program, the child and adult care food program and the summer food service program.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to bar Chinese poultry from federal school lunch and other nutrition programs because of China's poor record on food safety. On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for language in the 2014 agriculture appropriations bill to ensure that chicken processed in China is not included in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food and Summer Food Service programs. "Children are our most vulnerable population with respect to food-borne illnesses and sensitivity to potentially dangerous chemicals," the lawmakers said in a letter to fellow members of Congress.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Turkeys will eat just about anything. Just ask Joe Morette. In 1993, the New Hampshire farmer and his workers popped open a few cans of beer after work one summer day. When one his birds knocked over a can, it quickly began guzzling the spilled suds. Ever since, Morette gives his flock of turkeys beer and swears the grain-based diet improves their taste, the Associated Press reports . "Oh, yeah, it's noticeable," Morette told the wire service. "It's not a strong, gamey flavor, it's a nice turkey flavor.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By David Pierson
Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered. The blocked three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March.
OPINION
October 21, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Sweden has virtually eliminated salmonella in store-bought chicken, even though poultry there is industrially produced, just like in the United States. And even in this country, a 2010 Consumers Union study found no salmonella in the organic store-brand chickens it tested. In other words, consumers shouldn't have to accept salmonella-tainted chicken as just one of those unavoidable things. Yet that wasn't the attitude of Foster Farms and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the recent salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 300 people, most of them in California, and sent close to half to hospitals with antibiotic-resistant infections.
HEALTH
August 12, 2002
A recent Health Matters column on antibiotics in poultry ("Antibiotics and the Chicken Connection," July 15) mistakenly suggests that if one chicken caught pneumonia, the disease could spread quickly and that giving low doses of a fluoroquinolone antibiotic in the birds' drinking water would prevent illness in the rest of the flock. In fact, such treatment is not begun simply on the basis of a single bird's illness, but on the veterinarian's assessment of an array of information, including cost.
HEALTH
December 11, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Eighty-three percent of chicken sold in U.S. grocery stores may contain bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses, 34 percentage points higher than the rate it found three years ago, a consumer group said Monday. Critics, however, said the study by Consumer Reports suffered from flaws that included an unreliably small number of samples. A U.S. Agriculture Department spokesman called the report "junk science."
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By David Pierson and Tiffany Hsu
LIVINGSTON, Calif. - With his company's poultry sales plunging after a salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of consumers, the head of Foster Farms has apologized for the biggest food safety lapse in the family firm's history. The Merced County producer was thrust into the national spotlight this month when chicken from its three Central California plants was found to be contaminated with a particularly virulent strain of salmonella that has proved resistant to antibiotics.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
Foster Farms said it was working hard to repair its tarnished image after a salmonella outbreak linked to its chickens sickened more than 300 people nationwide. In one of the first interviews since the outbreak was announced earlier this month, Foster Farms President Ron Foster told The Times the company had implemented a series of new safety measures to reduce the instances of salmonella on its poultry parts to significantly below the industry standard. The announcement comes two weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shutter three of the company's facilities that are tied to the outbreak.
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