Mail-order chicks that are often used for back yard farming and gifts in Easter baskets have been linked to over 300 salmonella cases in 43 states since 2004.  Approximately 50 million live poultry are sold through the mail each year.

Health officials say that most consumers are unaware people can contract salmonella by touching chick and chickens. The birds can carry bacteria on their feet, feathers, beaks and eggs. People should wash their hands thoroughly after handling the poultry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that children under 5 should not touch live chickens.

The Associated Press reports that salmonella outbreaks have been linked to hatcheries for over 50 years.

If you or a loved one has been become ill from salmonella poisoning, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the personal injury attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm to discuss your legal options.

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