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SOURCE California Poultry Federation
MODESTO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Poultry Federation would like to reassure consumers that the recent government shutdown has not affected the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) practices at California poultry facilities. Millions of pounds of poultry have been safely produced and consumed in California in 2013. There is no recall involved with the recent USDA-issued alert regarding the increased incidence of Salmonella illnesses caused by eating undercooked or improperly handled chicken. This alert is a reminder to the public of the importance of following food safety and handling practices when preparing raw poultry.
Salmonella is naturally occurring in poultry and is destroyed through the heat of normal cooking.
Consumers should follow package instructions for safety and handling guidelines for raw poultry and:
California Poultry Federation, headquartered in Modesto, is the trade association for California's meat bird industry, representing chicken, turkey, duck, squab and game bird producers and processors.
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