The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that they had finished their investigation into an ongoing Salmonella outrage associated with various raw chicken products. It had not been possible to identify a common source during the outbreak that has caused dozens since it began in January last year.
The multidrug-resistant outbreak strain Salmonella Infantis was associated with 129 illnesses in 32 states, with 25 hospitalizations and one death in New York. The agency said lab tests showed that "many types of raw chicken products from various sources are contaminated with Salmonella Infantis and people get sick."
Veterinary epidemiologist Colin Basler told the CDC reports that the agency had decided to stop investigating the outbreak because the number of reported cases had decreased. Basler said that if the CDC "would see a spike in new cases, we would certainly resume the investigation." However, Basler also told the market that more could get sick, "because this particular strain seems to be widely used in the chicken industry."  The CDC said the variety is associated with raw chicken products for humans and pets as well as live chickens. Although the agency was unable to identify a source for the outbreak, the CDC stated that people are not advised not to eat chicken, but that consumers are ensuring that they are properly handled and prepared.
Along with the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the CDC said it was working with the chicken industry to find "ways to reduce salmonella from salmonella in chicken products."
While ongoing investigations last year said National Chicken Council (NCC) spokesman, Tom Super, said the chicken industry had "fully cooperated with the CDC and USDA during their investigation." "The NCC underlined that no particular brand or company was linked to the outbreak.
" We take the safety of chickens very seriously – our families eat the same chicken as you and yours, "Super said in a statement in October. "Although we have made tremendous progress in reducing salmonella together, the fact that raw chicken is not sterile and any raw agricultural product, be it fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat or poultry, is prone to naturally occurring bacteria someone who is ill if treated improperly or cooked.
The CDC advises consumers to wash their hands before and after handling raw chicken, as well as thoroughly cook chicken products to kill germs that can cause disease. The agency also advises against avoiding the feeding of raw meat to pets.
[CDC via Consumer Reports]