More states likely to report more illnesses in coming days.
In 2012, 43 confirmed human cases of infection by Salmonella Heidelberg bacteria in Oregon were caused by a particular strain linked to chicken processed by Foster Farms, according to patient reports and laboratory testing of randomly purchased chicken.
Since last June, at least 56 people in Washington got sick due to a specific strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. This outbreak has been linked to chicken produced in Foster Farms plants in Washington and California. Fifteen people sickened in Washington were hospitalized; no deaths are known to be linked to this outbreak. There are Salmonella illnesses reported in other states
Salmonella in raw chicken is not limited to any one brand. The U.S. Department of Agriculture allows the sale of raw poultry that contains Salmonella, so the bacteria may be in all brands. Therefore there has been no recall issued.