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NV illness linked to salmonella in CA chicken

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5/AP) -

Nevada was one of 18 states to report illness linked to salmonella in raw chicken from a California company.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert for packaged poultry linked to three Foster Farms facilities in California. The department said strains of Salmonella Heidelberg were linked to at least 278 illnesses nationwide.

There was no word on the total of illnesses in Nevada linked to raw Foster Farms chicken.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday at least one was associated with Foster Farms, but officials believed it stemmed from cross-contamination and not consumption of the product.

In addition, Foster Farms said no recall was in effect and the infections were caused by eating undercooked or improperly handled chicken.

There was no specific product or production period for the affected chicken. The USDA, though, noted its mark on suspect packages would read P6137, P6137A and P7632.

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