Department of Agriculture wants answers from Foster Farms over salmonella outbreak

USDA threatens to shut down facilities.

Department of Agriculture officials demanding answers from Foster Farms, a poultry company linked to a widespread outbreak of salmonella cases.

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Officials have threatened to shut down three Foster facilities linked to the outbreak if the company does not take action.

Consumer advocacy groups are "outraged" that a recall has not been issued for the tainted chicken products.

About 42 percent of people who have come in contact with the bad chicken have had to go to the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that "317 persons infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella Heidelberg have been reported from 20 states and Puerto Rico." 

So far, no deaths have been reported.

Correction: The percentage of people who have had to be hospitalized from the tainted chicken is 42 percent, not 43 percent.

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