— The latest salmonella outbreak on the farm where millions of pigs were raised to produce poultry and eggs in the early 20th century has been traced to a chicken farm in central Florida.
The Florida Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the investigation into the outbreak has revealed the pig factory that manufactured the contaminated chicken was the same one that supplied the factory where the tainted chicken was processed.
A spokesperson for the department said the investigation found that the chicken factory where samples were processed was located in Pinellas County, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Orlando.
The facility that was the source of the outbreak was located about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northeast of Tampa.
In the first phase of the investigation, investigators learned that the facility where the outbreak began was a factory that supplied chicken to restaurants in the Tampa area.
The investigation was prompted by the death of a worker at a poultry plant in Lakeland, Florida, who was killed by an infection caused by salmonellae.
The death was reported Tuesday, and investigators were examining whether the plant was in compliance with state and federal requirements.
Florida Department of Agricultural Services Director of Plant Inspection Steven Paz said the plant has no current salmonezae cases.
He said the company has been in contact with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control and other state and local health departments and is working to identify the source and trace the source.
He added that the factory that produces the contaminated poultry is the same chicken factory that is now involved in the recall.
The company that supplied pork to restaurants and markets in the area was not identified.
Paz declined to identify any suppliers.
“There are a lot of things that we’re going to look at,” Paz told reporters Wednesday.
The state Department on Wednesday released a recall notice for several products made from chicken and turkey from a Florida farm, including canned goods, dried meat, meat strips and meatballs.
The notice said it is not possible to determine whether the recalled products have been previously contaminated.
“The products are subject to the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Florida Food Inspection Act and the Florida Meat Inspection Act,” the agency said.
The agency did not name the suppliers.
The recall notice lists a number of products, including chicken, turkey, turkey strips, turkey meatballs and chicken tenders.
In addition to the chicken recalled, the agency has also recalled the meat from two plants in Florida and one in Georgia.
The agency said it has also suspended two poultry processing plants, one in Alabama and one near Gainesville.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has temporarily stopped operations at two facilities that were responsible for transporting raw pork from the Florida farm and another in Georgia that shipped the chicken.
The U.A.E. Transportation Security Administration said it would temporarily suspend operations at the Florida facility and that it will temporarily suspend the operation of the Georgia facility.
Paz said state officials are trying to determine the source, but did not provide details.
Pigs are a major part of the chicken industry.
The poultry industry, which employs more than 17 million people in the U.P. of America, employs more people in Florida than the rest of the country combined.
The Florida Pork Council said the outbreak is the biggest poultry-related outbreak in the state’s history.
Pagans in the poultry industry are raised on a farm that produces more than 10 million birds a year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Nov. 17, the state has reported 13 deaths from salmoneca, and that four of those were linked to salmonecosis.