29 States Hit, 92 People Sickened by Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella from Popular Food

October 17, 2018Oct 17, 2018

Food recalls are nothing to take lightly. A new chicken outbreak has now sickened over 90 people across the nation.

"Federal officials are investigating an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella that has sickened at least 92 people and had been traced to raw chicken from multiple sources and sold under various brands," according to reports from Food Safety News.

Those affected live across the country. 29 different states have seen individuals falling ill due to contact with raw chicken. The ages of the affected range from a 1-year-old toddler to a 105-year-old senior citizen. They are said to have contracted a type of salmonella that is antibiotic resistant.

“'Of 54 people interviewed, 48 — 89 percent — people interviewed reported preparing or eating chicken products that were purchased raw, including ground chicken, chicken pieces, and whole chicken,' according to the CDC report. 'All people reported buying many different brands of raw chicken products from multiple stores. Also, one person got sick after pets in their home ate raw ground chicken pet food. Another ill person lived with someone who works in a facility that raises or processes chickens.'"

There are certain tips to try when handling raw chicken. It is always a good idea to use best practices when dealing with potentially harmful foods.

"'CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets. Germs like Salmonella in raw pet food can make your pets sick. Your family also can get sick by handling the raw food or by taking care of your pet.' Raw poultry is known to harbor pathogens and requires. It should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F at its thickest part. For additional food safety tips, visit https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonella-food/index.html. Leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees F.," according to Food Safety News.

Let us know if this will change the way you handle raw chicken in the future! In other news, read our trending article here.