MEXICO CITY — Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella.
The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered.
The blocked three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March. The USDA allowed the plants to remain open after Foster Farms established new protocols to reduce rates of contamination.
The Mexican ban is believed to be the first time Mexico has blocked U.S. imports because of a health alert.