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Woman files lawsuit against Foster Farms

West Covina, California resident Ruth Rivera is currently on the process of suing Livingston-based Foster Farms for selling poultry that made her sick, according to latimes.com.

Rivera claimed that she became infected with campylobacter, a bacterium that usually grows inside chicken intestines, after ingesting Foster Farms chicken in December 2011, causing her to develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease that causes numbness of the limbs.

New USDA rules, scheduled to take effect March of this year, seeks to prevent the spread of such illnesses by testing raw chicken parts including breasts, legs, and wings, instead of just the whole chicken as the agency is currently mandating. Failing to examine chicken post-processing can be perilous because salmonella and campylobacter levels can increase when chicken is processed into parts, public health officials said.

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