Military bases and commissaries in five states may have received shipments of recalled Foster Farms chicken linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 600 people in the past year, according to federal agriculture officials.
In addition to being sold at stores including Costco, Food 4 Less, Kroger and Food Maxx, chicken parts potentially tainted with salmonella Heidelberg may have been shipped to military sites in Alaska, California, Nevada, Hawaii and Washington, according to updated distribution lists of tens of thousands of pounds of recalled chicken.
Foster Farms officials launched a voluntary recall July 3 after Food Safety and Inspection Service officials said they had firm evidence for the first time linking tainted poultry to human illness. At least 621 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico have been sickened in the outbreak, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency does not track whether victims are members of the military, a CDC spokeswoman told NBC News.
- JoNel Aleccia
First published July 9 2014, 6:14 AM