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Jul 7, 2014 4:32 PM by azcentral.com

25 in Arizona sickened from recalled Foster Farms chicken

Twenty-five Arizona residents and 621 people nationwide have fallen ill with salmonella after eating recalled Foster Farms fresh chicken products, according to a July 2 report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 170 contaminated products include wings, thighs, breasts, drumsticks and other fresh and frozen chicken products from Foster Farms. Fresh chicken products were packaged under the brands FoodMaxx, Kroger, Safeway, Savemart, Valbest with "use or freeze by" dates ranging from March 16 through March 31, 2014.

Frozen chicken products packaged under the Sunland label with "best by" dates between March 7 and March 11, 2015, were also impacted.

The chicken products were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other retail distribution locations in 11 states including Arizona, California, Nevada and Oregon, according to a news release from the U.S Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

USDA investigators first learned of the first salmonella case associated with the products on June 23. After determining a link between the products and antibiotic-resistant strain of the bacteria, Salmonella Heidelberg, investigators issued the recall Friday, July 4.

Costco's vice president of food safety, Craig Wilson, said Costco called 630,000 people during the July 4 weekend who may have bought the contaminated chicken products form the store during March. Those affected can return the chicken to Costco for a full refund.

Safeway spokeswoman Nancy Keane said that none of its stores located in Arizona or New Mexico were affected by the recall, although USDA included the stores in its list of retail centers that received the products.

Fry's and Basha's have not yet returned a request for comment.

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