WASHINGTON (WHTM) - Federal health officials are reminding people to handle raw chicken carefully and cook it thoroughly in the wake of a salmonella outbreak that sickened 17 people in four states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the illnesses have been linked to kosher chicken.
Fourteen ill people who were interviewed reported eating chicken products. Of nine people who reported brand information, seven reported specifically eating Empire Kosher brand chicken.
Empire Kosher's headquarters, hatchery, and processing facility are located in Mifflintown.
The CDC said the outbreak strain was also identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken.
The agency is not telling people to avoid eating kosher chicken or Empire Kosher brand chicken, and no products have been recalled.
Cases in the outbreak were reported in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and Virginia. Eight people were hospitalized, and one death was reported in New York.