A Salmonella outbreak linked to three poultry processing plants in California has sickened hundreds of people in 17 states, including Michigan.

Foster Farms, which owns the three facilities, has until today to inform the USDA how it will proceed, or face possible shutdown. The company has not recalled any of its products.

The majority of the illnesses have been in California, but the CDC reports people from Texas to Michigan to North Carolina have also been affected. Two cases have been reported in Michigan.

Salmonella can potentially be life threatening to anyone with a weakened immune system, causing diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within a few days after consuming contaminated products.

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