December 3, 2016

Costco Chicken Salad E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Over

The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad is now over after sickening 19 people in 7 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The most recent illness started more than a month ago, on November 3, 2015. The final case count by state is: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Five people were hospitalized because their infections were so serious. Two people involved in this outbreak developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause kidney failure. Most illnesses were reported from the western United States. Epidemiologic evidence suggested that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states was … [Read more...]

FDA Can’t Find E. coli in Taylor Farms Celery and Onion Mixture Previously Linked to Outbreak

The investigation into the E .coli outbreak linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad has hit a snag. Several weeks ago, the Montana Public Health Laboratory tested a sample, collected from a Costco in Montana, of Taylor Farms celery and onion mix used to make the salad. Preliminary results indicated the presence of E. coli O157:H7. The finding triggered a massive recall of celery and products containing celery produced by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc.  But now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it, too, tested the sample and found no E. coli O157:H7. Officials from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say diced celery and onion blend has not been ruled out as a source of the outbreak. They just can't confirm Montana's findings. The … [Read more...]

If You Bought Taylor Farms Celery or Costco Chicken Salad, Here’s What to Do

A massive recall of Taylor Farms celery products was issued on November 26, 2015 after testing discovered E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in one of the products. A celery and onion mix produced by Taylor Farms was used to make Costco Wholesale Rotisserie Chicken Salad that is linked to a multistate E. coli outbreak. That outbreak prompted the Montana Health Department to test the Taylor Farms product, and the bacteria was discovered. The CDC has advice to consumers about this recall and outbreak. If you purchased rotisserie chicken salad from any Costco store in the United States on or before November 20, 2015, do not eat it. Throw it away, even if part of it has been eaten and no one has gotten sick. Then wash your hands carefully and clean out the fridge where the salad was sold. The … [Read more...]

Celery E. coli Recall Includes Food Lion, Kroger, Raleys and Sam’s Club

An E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated celery produced by Taylor Farms and used as an ingredient in Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad has triggered the recall of dozens of products sold at grocery stores nationwide. On November 26, Taylor Farms issued a recall for the celery which included 71 products sold at 14 retailers nationwide.  But other retailers have also recalled products containing celery. Consumers who have purchased celery should check recall information carefully as E. coli can cause serious illness. Retailers recalling celery products include  7-Eleven, Albertsons, Costco, Food Lion, King Soopers, Kroger, Pantry, Raleys, Safeway,  Sam's Club, Savemart, Starbucks, Target, Tony’s, Walmart and Vons. The recalled products include deli salads, salad kits, soup starters, … [Read more...]

Law Firm Files First Lawsuit in Costco Chicken Salad E. coli Outbreak

In what is believed to be the first lawsuit arising from the ongoing nationwide Costco chicken salad E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, lawyers Brendan Flaherty and Ryan Osterholm have filed a case on behalf of a woman sickened in the outbreak. The suit is against Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corporation. She ate "Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad" that was made at Costco stores with Taylor Farms celery and onion mix. The suit was filed in the Butte division of U.S. District Court along with  associates at the Bozeman law firm Beck & Amsden. Costco identified Taylor Farms of California as the supplier of the onion and celery mix used in that salad. The Montana Department of Health tested a "Celery and Onion Diced Blend" product that was produced and distributed by Taylor … [Read more...]

Celery E. coli Recall Includes Vons, Tony’s, King Soopers, Pantry, Savemart and 7 Eleven

An E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated celery in Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad has triggered the recall of 71 other products sold at various retailers including  Vons, Tony's, King Soopers, Pantry, Savemart and 7 Eleven. At least 19 people in seven states have already been sickened, two of them have hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a life-threatening complication that causes kidney failure. The recalled products include vegetable trays sold at Walmart and 7-Eleven; wraps and salads sold at Target; prepared salads sold at Costco; salad sold at King Soopers; salads and wraps sold at Pantry and Savemart; salad kits, veggie trays and salads at Safeway, Vons and Albertons; salad kits at Tony's and the Holiday Turkey Sandwich sold at Starbucks. Montana health officials performed … [Read more...]

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