The story that started as a story of chicken farms caught a foodborne illness has turned into a cautionary tale about the dangers of backyard poultry production.
The case involving Maust’s chicken farm in the San Fernando Valley became a national news story after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the discovery of salmonello contamination on at least two chicken farms that had been operating in California for several years.
More:The Centers for Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that more than 6,500 people have been diagnosed with salmonels in the United States since November, with the majority of cases linked to backyard poultry farms.
The agency said more than 10,000 people have tested positive for the bacterium.
More than half of those people were infected with salprel, which can cause severe illness, diarrhea and vomiting.
More stories from the San Gabriel ValleyThe farm’s owner, Maust, is the CEO of Maust Farms.
His company sells fresh chicken and other items in supermarkets and markets across the state.
The farm was set up in 2008 to produce poultry and produce vegetables, according to Maust.
Maust Farms has had a long history of raising chickens and other animals for slaughter.
It’s a major supplier of meat to farmers throughout California.
The company also sells products such as frozen eggs and cheese.
The chicken farm was located on the outskirts of the town of Malibu, which is about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles.