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Monday, July 7, 2014

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After 16 months and more than 600 very sick people, Foster Farms is finally issuing a recall for its chicken. Sort of.

After some intense wrangling with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foster Farms has agreed to recall some chicken produced for just three days in March. You are correct – it is now July.

Can we get a big round of applause for Foster Farms? Anyone? Anyone?

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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What's it going to take, Ron Foster?

Another 50 people have suffered salmonella poisoning linked to Foster Farms chicken just since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control's latest report on the outbreak that started over a year ago. That's right - Foster Farms has been allowed to continue putting tainted chicken on the market for over a year.  

The new cases appear to be linked to fresh, retail chicken, not chicken that had been kept in home freezers for months. That means Foster Farms' plants are still contaminated with virulent bacteria.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apocalypse

More Sickened by Foster Farms Chicken

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Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM
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Foster Farms chicken is still making people sick. 

Government officials prematurely declared the outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella poisoning that began in March 2013 over in January. But since then, new infections have continued to develop  - most of them in California, where Foster Farms is headquartered.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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Foster Farms Plant Closes Again

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Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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Foster Farms says it has "voluntarily and temporarily" closed its Livingston, Calif. chicken-processing plant after it was shut down by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last Wednesday and then reopened Saturday. The company said in a statement that it is "exercising vigilance" and dedicating additional time to make sure its cockroach cleanup plan is implemented, the Christian Science Monitor reports. As Yogi Berra said, feels like deja-vu all over again!

(We're wondering what they found during the cleanup process. Yikes.) 

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Monday, January 13, 2014

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Updated, Jan. 14, 4:20 p.m.: Foster Farms says it has "voluntarily and temporarily" closed its Livingston, Calif. chicken-processing plant after it was shut down by the USDA last Wednesday and then reopened Saturday. The company said in a statement that it is "exercising vigilance" and dedicating additional time to make sure its cockroach cleanup plan is implemented.

Tyson Foods is recalling 34,000 pounds of chicken that may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the New York Times. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the chicken was shipped nationwide, not set for retail sale, but for "institutional use." It has been linked to seven illnesses in a Tennessee correctional facility, including two hospitalizations.

Meanwhile, in other gross chicken news, last Wednesday the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service shut down one of the three Foster Farms chicken-processing plants implicated in a months-long salmonella outbreak, due to a cockroach infestation. But by Saturday, the plant was allowed to open again.

The USDA suspended operations at the Livingston, Calif. plant because of what it called "egregious" unsanitary conditions, according to the Portland Oregonian

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

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Report Slams Feds Over Foster Farms Outbreaks

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Fri, Dec 20, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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A new study has slammed the federal government hard over its oversight of the poultry industry.

The Pew Charitable Trusts is roundly criticizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's inspection of poultry plants as well as its failure to push for recalls of contaminated meat in the wake of Foster Farms salmonella outbreaks in 2012 and 2013.

The chicken outbreaks, linked to four Foster Farms plants in California and Washington that sickened hundreds and sent dozens to the hospital, underscore "serious weaknesses" in the USDA's oversight, according to the group. The first outbreak lasted from June 2012 to April 2013, and the second started in March 2013. Foster Farms is the sixth-largest chicken producer in the U.S.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Best of L.A.

9 Great Chicken and Waffle Joints in Los Angeles

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Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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The thought of fried chicken and waffles served together is, depending on your viewpoint, either gloriously appetizing or somewhat frightening. Who knows, maybe both. But for such a beloved combination of salty and sweet, it seems there's no universally agreed upon way to serve it. From the waffle (thin and soft, or Belgian), to the chicken (juicy leg and thigh, or meaty breast), there are myriad combinations of these ingredients. Then add your choice of condiments -- butter, syrup, Red Rooster sauce, gravy -- and it can all feel a bit overwhelming. We've endured the subsequent food comas to test the many possibilities of this cult-like dish, from the traditional to the fancy, and in every price range and neighborhood.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

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Think That Medium-Rare Chicken Liver Is Safe? Think Again

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Last year on Twitter, "god of food" David Chang asked, "Can someone explain why chicken liver cooked medium rare is OK, but rest of bird must be cooked well done? #nonsensical." It was a while back, but as I remember he never got a response that fully satisfied him. That's probably because there is no such answer: A report out today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates strongly that undercooked chicken livers aren't safe at all.

At first glance, the report seems to be something we here in California can ignore. The headline, "Multistate Outbreak of Campylobacter jejuni Infections Associated with Undercooked Chicken Livers -- Northeastern United States, 2012," seems to be referring to a long-ago outbreak of something or other somewhere on the other side of the country. But read a little further and it becomes clear that this is not an isolated issue, and in fact tells us that just like every other part of the chicken, the liver must be fully cooked to be safe.   

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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If you think you are safe eating chicken as long as it's not Foster Farms, think again.

According to Consumer Reports, other major brands are processed in the same plants involved in the Foster Farms salmonella outbreak. They include Eating Right, Kirkland Signature, O Organics, Open Nature, Ralphs, Safeway Farms and Simple Truth Organic. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding all raw chicken products with any of these three plant codes on their packages: P-6137, P-6137A and P-7632.

Meanwhile, Consumer Reports has been doing its own testing of Foster Farms chicken -- which the company is refusing to voluntarily recall -- purchased from supermarkets, and guess what? They found one of the strains of salmonella implicated in the outbreak.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

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Popcorn Chicken Meets Ramen at Kosuke in Alhambra

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Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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If you spend a lot of time driving around the SGV trolling for ramen shops, as some of us do, mainly because driving to Torrance or Gardena at dinnertime isn't as much fun as it should be, you may have noticed a place called Kosuke. No, it's not a baseball card emporium (see: Kosuke Fukudome, once an All-Star for the Chicago Cubs and currently an outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers), but a ramen shop.

Kosuke has many things on its menu, including both ramen and udon -- which is nice for those scared off by massive doses of pork -- curry rice and rice bowls, gyoza and agadashi tofu and plates of tonkatsu. But what makes Kosuke most worth checking out is the popcorn chicken. Because not only will you find the hefty chunks of fried chicken on rice bowls and in curry rice, but in bowls of ramen. Probably enough said.

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