September 22, 2017

Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Trader Joe’s Salads

The CDC has updated its investigation of the multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O15:H7 infections linked to ready-to-eat salads. As of November 10, 2013, 26 people in 3 states are ill with the outbreak strain of the bacteria. The patient case count is: Arizona (1), California (22), and Washington state (3). Six, or 28%, of ill persons have been hospitalized. Two people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths have been reported.

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The PFGE pattern in this outbreak is new to the PulseNet database. Epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted by public health officials have found that two ready-to-eat salads produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader’s Joe’s grocery stores are one likely source of the pathogenic bacteria. The salads are Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken.

On November 10, 2013, Glass Onion Catering recalled many ready to eat salads and sandwich wrap products that may be contaminated with the E. coli bacteria. You can see the full list of products regulated by the USDA and the FDA at their web sites. The product list is being updated daily, so keep checking back with us for any changes.

Consumers should check their homes and refrigerators for the recalled products. If you have them, discard them and don’t eat them. If you did eat them, monitor yourself for the signs of a STEC infection, including fever, abdominal cramps, and bloody diarrhea. If you do get sick, see your doctor immediately and tell her you ate one of these products.

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