Salmonella

Spring is the time of year when people purchase baby poultry. Maybe they are replacing older birds. Sometimes they become gifts in an Easter basket. Health authorities have some precautions.

Chicks and ducklings are fuzzy and cute. But, many of them carry a bacteria that is dangerous--particularly to young children.

Dr. Emilio DeBess is Oregon's Public Health Veterinarian. He says between the months of March and May his office sees increased cases of Salmonella which are directly attributed to poultry.

Hummingbird Wholesale

Hummingbird Wholesale of Eugene is recalling Sunfood Brand Organic Carob Powder after learning it could be tainted with salmonella. The affected product is dated between May 22 and July 24.

The company was informed of the potential contamination from their vendor. The carob powder was sold to processors and retail outlets in Oregon, Washington and California. Salmonella has not yet been confirmed.

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A new study says many consumers aren't handling food properly, particularly at barbecues. According to the University of California, Davis, 64% of people cooking at home didn't wash their hands before preparing a meal and 38% didn't wash their hands after handling raw chicken. The study also found many people still wash chicken before cooking it, which can cause pathogens to spread easily. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba says many times people don't see a connection between salmonella and their own kitchen.

Three Foster Farms plants have been identified as distributing chicken with the “Heidelburg” strain of Salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports most of the product went to outlets in the Northwest. So far, Oregon-based Foster Farms has not recalled the chicken in question. But at least one Northwest retail chain has pulled it from their shelves.

As soon as reports started coming in that some brands of Foster Farms chicken were associated with an outbreak of salmonella, Fred Meyer stores stopped selling it.