November 12, 2013 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Atherstone Foods Inc. of Richmond, CA is recalling pre-packaged salads and salad wraps sold at Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, and Whole Foods because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. At least 26 people have reported food poisoning in California, Arizona, and Washington State.
What Atherstone Foods Were Recalled for E. Coli?
Delish Greek Style Orzo Salad (6.oz)
Delish Asian Style Noodle Salad (6. oz)
Delish Vegetarian Wrap (11.3oz) Cellophane
Classic Greek Salad (9. oz) Clam Shell
Northern CA Northern NV
Southwestern Salad Kit (20 Lbs box)
Wheat Berry Salad Kit (20 Lbs box)
What is E. Coli?
The E. coli O157:H7 strain is particularly dangerous because it produces a powerful toxin that causes a severe gastrointestinal infection. Symptoms typically appear 2-5 days after contaminated food is eaten, and include bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramping that persists for weeks. Fluid-loss from diarrhea can rapidly lead to dehydration and complications.
What is Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome?
Approximately 15% of people infected with E. coli O157:H7 develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), and approximately 5-10% of HUS cases are fatal. Most people with HUS will need to receive intravenous (IV) fluids in a hospital. Some people develop sudden (acute) kidney failure, which is fatal without a kidney transplant.
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