October 25, 2016

Now 36 People Sick in the Richey, MT E. coli Outbreak

The Dawson County Heath Department and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services have announced that there are now 36 people sick in the E. coli outbreak associated with the Richey Centennial Event & All Class Reunion. That event took place on July 15th through the 17th, 2016. Public health officials say it is too early to definitively state the cause of the outbreak. Local food vendors have been cooperating in the investigation. The Health Department is encouraging anyone who may have leftover foods from those events to not consume them. If you do have leftover food, contact the health department because it may help solve the outbreak. More than 36 people are sick in this outbreak; seven people have been hospitalized. Those sickened live in nine different … [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...]

Costco E. coli O157:H7 Chicken Salad Outbreak: It’s the Veggies

The FDA has announced that it appears onions and celery in Costco chicken salad may be the source of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria that has sickened at least 19 people in 7 states. Those people live in California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington state (1). According to news outlets, Taylor Farms in Salinas, California is the supplier of the vegetables for Costco Wholesale. The vegetables from that supplier are used in the chicken salads sold in all of the company's U.S. stores. Of those 19 ill persons, 16 have been interviewed. Fourteen of those people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco stores the week before they got sick. Five of the patients have been hospitalized, and two are suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome … [Read more...]

Costco Chicken Salad in CO, WA, UT, MT Linked to E. coli Outbreak

The Colorado Department of Public Health andEnvironment (CDPHE) is investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to chicken salad purchased at Costco stores in that state in late October. At least four people have been sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections in Colorado. Other states with confirmed E. coli cases linked to Costco chicken salad are Utah, Montana, and Washington. The case count by county is: Arapahoe (1), Jefferson County (2), and Routt (1). One person has been hospitalized, and all persons In Colorado have recovered. People purchased the salad from Costco stores on October 25 and 26, 2015, and became ill between October 28 and November 3, 2015. The FDA, USDA-FSIS, and CDC are working with Costco to determine the source of contamination. The product is also being … [Read more...]

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