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10/08/2013 03:48 pm ET | Updated Dec 08, 2013

There's A Major Foodborne Illness Outbreak And The Government's Shut Down - Wired Science

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Late-breaking news, and I'll update as I find out more: While the government is shut down, with food-safety personnel and disease detectives sent home and forbidden to work, a major foodborne-illness outbreak has begun. This evening, the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture announced that "an estimated 278 illnesses ... reported in 18 states" have been caused by chicken contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg and possibly produced by the firm Foster Farms.

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