Consumer Reports urges the public to avoid Foster Farms chicken



WASHINGTON — Consumer Reports is telling the public to avoid buying Foster Farms chicken.

The group says the public should avoid any raw poultry from the company’s plants in central California.

Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent letters to the Foster Farms plants in Fresno and Livingston, saying the company had three days to clean them up.

Tests on chicken parts and whole birds turned up a “high frequency” of Salmonella
including strains associated with an outbreak that’s sickened at least 280 people in 17 states.