Facilities Connected to Salmonella Outbreak Stay Open

USDA allowed processing plants to stay open after almost 300 were sickened by eating tainted chicken.
3:00 | 10/11/13

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morning. A major salmonella outbreak spreading across the country. Thus far, nearly 300 people have been sickened after eating tainted chicken. This morning, the usda, allowing three processing plants connected to the outbreak to stay open. Let's bring in dr. Richard besser to discuss it. Foster farms, the company that owns the plants. What changes did the usda likely force upon the company to let them keep these plants open in the first place? Yeah. Usda says foster farms has changed their processing, how they're handling chickens. The usda will do more monitoring, testing samples to see if that's still there. There were three new cases yesterday. Until we know this is over, i would stay away from this chicken. We hear about outbreaks such as this. But you are particularly concerned about this one. This is a dangerous outbreak. Normally, 20% of people with salmonella will end in the hospital. Here, 42% of people are in the hospital. And many of the strains can't be streets with common antibiotics. There's certain people who are at greater risk. The young. Elderly. People with chronic medical conditions. This can get in the bloodstream and be a deadly infection. There's political context here. Public health officials who aren't there to track this outbreak. I was at the new york health department. They have ten employees paid by the federal government. They're working without pay. 2,000 people working without pay, mainly commission core officers. How do we know this is truly over if our public health system isn't there? What can we do? The company is correct. If you cook chicken properly, you won't get sick. I would check the plant numbers here. We have them here and on our website. And look at the brands. It's not just foster farms. There's a list of brands at abcnews.Com that are from the plants. Until this is over, I would stay away. On this international day of

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