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CDC brings back furloughed workers to hand salmonella outbreak

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An ongoing salmonella outbreak is stirring fears the government shutdown may be interfering with the investigation.

According to the USDA, 278 people have been sickened by salmonella in 18 states. Close to half of the patients have been hospitalized.
 
The illnesses have been traced back to products produced by Foster Farms in California.  
 
The CDC has brought back roughly 30 employees from furlough to monitor the outbreak, but they are still at two-thirds their usual staffing.  
 
The FDA has 60% of its food inspectors on furlough, although those who are working are tending to public health needs, like outbreaks.  
 
The USDA is tasked with inspecting meat, eggs and poultry and they have continued their inspections despite the shutdown.
 
Raw chicken contaminated with salmonella is not required to be recalled, because if cooked and handled properly, the bacteria should not cause illness.

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