It's not the first time the plants in Fresno and Livingston have had poor tests. Between January and September inspectors found "poor sanitary dressing practices, insanitary food contact surfaces, insanitary nonfood contact surfaces and direct product contamination," Terry reports.
More than 40 percent of people stricken with Salmonella have been hospitalized, which is about double the usual rate, Terry writes. "The strains of Salmonella heidelberg implicated in the outbreak are resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics." Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumer Reports, told Terry, "We’re fundamentally outraged that the USDA is not requiring a recall. This isn’t regular Salmonella. It's resistant to multiple antibiotics." (Read more) (Food Safety News graphic: Reported salmonella cases linked to Foster Farms)