COLORADO (AP) The CDC says a salmonella outbreak in 18 states has made 300 people sick nationwide.
Four cases are reported here in Colorado, according to the CDC.
Most of the illnesses are on the west coast.
The source is traced to raw chicken products from 3 California plants run by a company called Foster Farms.
According to a USDA official, the investigation into this outbreak started before the government shutdown.
Experts say the salmonella made it into the marketplace simply because some of the naturally-occurring pathogens in chicken slip through sometimes.
The US Food Safety and Inspection Service has not linked the illness to a specific Foster Farms product.
But, it does believe the product in question does bear one of these establishment numbers:
"P6137", "P6137A", and "P7632".
There's no official recall, because health officials say getting sick from eating uncooked chicken is 100% preventable - if you just cook the chicken properly and be careful when handling raw chicken.
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