December 1, 2015 — Taylor Farms celery may be responsible for an outbreak of E. coli linked to Costco rotisserie chicken salad, health officials are warning.
The FDA announced the recall on November 26 after the Montana Department of Health found E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of Celery and Onion Diced Blend.
The celery and onion mix was used in Costco rotisserie chicken salad and dozens of other products sold at grocery stores, retail stores, and more.
The products include Thanksgiving salad kits and stuffing trays, snack trays, wraps, pre-made salads (chicken, seafood, Waldorf, macaroni, potato, etc.), stir fry, and more.
They were sold at 7-Eleven, Costco, King Sooper, Pantry, Raleys, Savemart, Tonys, Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.
The strain of E. coli O157:H7 produces Shiga toxins and causes bloody diarrhea. About 5% of people develop a life-threatening type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
The outbreak has infected at least 19 people in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia, and Washington. Five of the victims were hospitalized and two developed HUS.
The earliest illnesses were reported in October. Illnesses that began in mid-November may not be reported yet. On November 20, Costco removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad and stopped further production of the product until further notice.
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