Foster Farms has responded to an outbreak of Salmonella which has struck a number of people prompting a warning from the Food Safety and Inspection Service.  

Foster Farms has instituted a number of additional food safety practices, processes and technology throughout company facilities that have already proven effective in controlling Salmonella in its Pacific Northwest operations earlier this year. 

A press release from Foster Farms reminds consumers to follow the Poultry ABCs -- Always Be Careful. 

Raw poultry must be handled and cooked in accordance with the safe handling guidelines on all packages of chicken.  So far, no recall is in effect.

The Associated Press reports that 278 people have become ill. The USDA says that strains of Salmonella have been associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington.

The Salmonella has been reported in 18 states, with most cases reported in California.

 The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

Cooking chicken to 165 degrees kills the Salmonella bacteria.