Government officials have recalled furloughed federal food safety workers to track salmonella outbreaks linked to raw chicken, NBC reports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a statement that a salmonella strain has been identified in over 18 states. At least 278 illnesses caused by salmonella Heidelberg have been linked to Foster Farms chicken, in three California sites. Foster Farms is assisting the Center for Disease Control (CDC) officials with determining the cause of the outbreak.
The government shutdown has caused food safety workers, who investigate and employ resources to combat food-borne illnesses, to be sent home and forbidden to work. In the wake of the shutdown, the release has prompted government officials to recall furloughed workers to track the outbreak and identify solutions for consumers.
At this time, a recall of the raw products has not been issued.