Recall Alert: Costco Chicken Salad Linked to E. Coli

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that company Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA, is issuing a recall on the products listed below because they may include celery which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. The products listed below are being recalled out of an abundance of caution due to a Celery and Onion Diced Blend testing positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health. The Celery and Onion Diced Blend tested by the state of Montana was used in a Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad that has been linked to a multi-state E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak.

Company Costco, based in Issaquah, Washington, has already removed all of the chicken salad from store shelves nationwide. Costco also posted signs in its stores and provided detailed purchase logs to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help tracking the affected products and the origin of its ingredients. To date, six people got sick in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado, and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington state. According to CDC, the illness reports began on Oct. 6 and involved people from age 5 to 84. Health officials urged people who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco store on or before Nov. 20 to throw it away, even if no one has gotten sick.

The strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli can be life-threatening, but no deaths have been reported. Five people have been hospitalized, including two with kidney failure. Health officials urge anyone with the symptoms, especially people who have eaten Costco chicken salad, to go to their doctor.

See detailed list of all possibly affected recall products here.

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