Foster Farms has been in the news quite a bit lately, and not for good publicity. Back in August, Foster Farms received attention for their contaminated chicken strips. According to ABC News, the U.S. Department of Agriculture declared a recall on approximately 39,747 pounds of Foster Farms’ frozen pre-cooked chicken strips.
The reason for the recall was a possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. And yes, it is as bad as it sounds. Such a contamination could cause listeriosis, “an uncommon and potentially fatal disease” with symptoms including a high fever and severe headache.
The warehouse locations for the Foster Farms recalled chicken was California, Texas, Utah, and Washington state. It is unclear if there is any connection between the recall and the horrific event that took place on September 20 at the Fresno County Foster Farms Poultry Plant.
Los Angeles Times reports that at least one intruder cut open chicken wire, snuck into the chicken shed, and used a golf club to brutally bash 920 chickens to death. It takes a deranged person to commit such a horrendous crime.
Deputy Chris Curtice with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times they discovered “a piece of what appeared to be a golf club at the scene.”
The Huffington Post reports that Foster Farms “issued a statement calling the killings an ‘unconscionable act of animal cruelty.'”
“This appears to be a random act of violence. The perpetrator committed an unconscionable act of animal cruelty… It is the express policy of Foster Farms to treat birds humanely and with compassion. Any intentional act to the contrary is unacceptable.”
Deputy Curtice told Fox station KMPH that employees came in the following morning to find the carnage. Curtice described his own personal feelings on the matter.
“In law enforcement we see bad things all the time, but this is beyond comprehension that people could take so much time to do this. This is sick. Whoever did this is a sick individual. This is psychopathic behavior. People should be alarmed at something like that.”
This individual is still on the loose, which is alarming to say the least. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department is asking the public for help in finding the person or persons responsible.
“You can’t do that much damage to animals and not have blood on your clothing. We want to find out who they are and get them off the street.”
Foster Farms is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution.