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USDA Demands Action In Salmonella Outbreak
San Francisco, California (CNN) - The U.S. department of agriculture is demanding action from the poultry company at the center of a salmonella outbreak.
Foster farms, based in California, is implicated in the salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that has sickened more 278 people in 18 states.
In a letter to the company, the USDA is demanding the company respond by today (thursday) with how to fix the problem.
It said the company has had multiple sanitation regulation violations.
And it's threatening to pull federal inspectors in three plants which would, in effect, suspend production.
Foster farms have not issued a recall, instead saying the chicken in question is safe if cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
In a statement Wednesday night, foster farms said it's dedicated to resolving any concerns by the USDA and is changing practices in the affected plants.