A public health alert has been issued for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California, as 278 people have been sickened by salmonella linked to the chicken since March. State health officials say they are not planning a recall, but reminded consumers that chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees. Anita Gore, spokeswoman for the California Department of Public Health, said:
"This is the important public health issue. Chicken can carry bacteria, and chicken needs to be fully cooked."