January 30, 2023

E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Trader Joe Glass Onion Salads 2013

In 2013, an E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak linked to Trader Joe's Glass Onion ready-to-eat salads sickened 33 people in 4 states. Two patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) as a result of their infections. HUS is a type of kidney failure. E. coli bacteria are found in the intestinal tracts of mammals, particularly cattle. So how did this bacteria get into prepared salads? A recent study from the Food Standards Agency in the UK may provide some answers, even though the federal investigation did not pinpoint the ingredient that was contaminated in this outbreak or the method of contamination. Cross-contamination is the cause of many food poisoning outbreaks when the food doesn't naturally carry the disease-causing bacteria. Facilities that produce ready-to-eat foods use … [Read more...]

Salads Ready-Made for Trader Joe’s Caused 2013 E. coli Outbreak

In October and November 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with public health officials in California, Washington and Arizona to trace an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 to two kinds of pre-packaged, ready-to-eat salads made for Trader Joe's grocery stores by Glass Onion Catering. The agencies continued their laboratory surveillance of the outbreak, uncovering 33 confirmed illnesses, including 28 E. coli case patients in the state of California. The molecular pattern of the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 had never been seen before in the United States, the CDC said. It was linked to two types of salads produced by Glass Onion: Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. On Nov. 10, 2013, the company … [Read more...]

If You Bought Fruit Recalled for Listeria, Here’s What to Do

We have received quite a few responses to the story about the recall of fruit from Sam's Club, Costco, and Trader Joe's stores for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. It's difficult to hear about this story, especially if you have already consumed the fruit and fed it to your family. Here's what to do. First, make sure you actually bought the recalled fruit. The FDA has published the Wawona Packing List that contains all of the fruit with lot and BlockID numbers. You can also see all the pictures of the packaging and crates with the UPC numbers and product sizes at the FDA web site. If you aren't sure if you did buy the recalled products, contact the store where you purchased the fruit; they should be able to tell you if you did buy it. Secondly, if you ate the fruit and … [Read more...]

Hummus, Dips Sold at Target, Trader Joe’s Recalled for Listeria

A number of dips are being recalled for possible contamination. Lansal, d.b.a. Hot Mama's Foods is recalling about 14,860 pounds of hummus and dip products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported, but the symptoms of listeriosis, the illness caused by the Listeria bacteria, can take months to manifest. You can see the pictures of product labels at the FDA web site. The recalled products include Target Archer Farms Tradition Hummus in 10 ounce containers. The UPC number is 85239233405, use by date is June 11, 2014, and it was sold nationally. Target Archer Farms Traditional Hummus in 2 pound packages is recalled. This is a non-retail item, used in SuperTarget store production of Archer Farms Mediterranean Veggie Hummus Wrap and … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s Caesar Salads Recalled For Undeclared Allergens

Caesar salads sold at Trader Joe's  are being recalled for undeclared wheat, soy, egg and fish. The salads, made by H Group, Inc. of Framingham, MA, were sold in the refrigerated sections of stores in DE, MD, NJ, NY, VA, PA and Washington DC under the brand name Trader Giotto's Caesar Salad with Caesar Dressing. People with allergies to those ingredients should not eat the salads as they run the risk of serious or  life-threatening reaction if they do. At the time of the recall, issued voluntarily by H Group, no illnesses had been reported. The company is recalling 509 units of the salad with SKU 05161 and the following date codes: "Sell By 04/6/14, 04/7/14 and 04/8/14." The recalled product was packaged in an 8.5 oz. clear plastic clamshell containers. The “Sell By” date is printed … [Read more...]

Largest Multi-State Food Poisoning Outbreaks of 2013: #8

An E.coli outbreak linked to ready-to-eat salads made by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s stores was the eighth-largest multi-state food poisoning outbreak of 2013. The four-state outbreak sickened 33 people, seven of whom were hospitalized, two with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Most of the illnesses occurred in California where 28 people were sickened.  Arizona and Texas each had one illness and Washington had three. Public health investigators linked the illnesses to two ready-to-eat salads, Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken. About 86 percent of the 22 patients interviewed said they shopped at Trader Joe’s and 80 percent reported eating the salads. Case patients ranged in age from 2 to 78 years old, the median … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s E. coli Outbreak Ends With 33 Sick in 4 States

The E.coli outbreak linked to ready-to-eat salads made by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe's stores has ended after sickening 33 people in four states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today. Seven people were hospitalized, two of whom developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Public health investigators used epidemiologic and traceback investigations to link two ready-to-eat salads, Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s to illnesses in four states. By state the case count was as follows: Arizona (1), California (28), Texas (1), and Washington (3). On November 10,  Glass Onion recalled numerous ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap … [Read more...]

FDA, USDA Update Retail List for Recalled E. coli Salads, Wraps

The USDA and FDA have issued an updated retail list of stores that sold the Glass Onion Catering chicken and ham salads and wraps that have been recalled for possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. There is an outbreak associated with this recall. As of November 21, 2013, there are 32 people ill in 4 states. The recalled products were sold in Trader Joe's stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington state. The outbreak is linked to two Trader Joe's salads. Walgreens stores sold the salad in northern California, as did Whole Food stores. Look through the long list carefully. It mentions retailers, the street address, and city by name. All of the remaining stores are in California. Some of the stores that carried the products include Quik Stop, … [Read more...]

Trader Joe’s E.coli Outbreak Expands: 32 Sick in 4 States

An E. coli outbreak linked to salads and wraps produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe's and other stores has expanded to include 32 people in four states, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Seven people have been hospitalized,  two of whom have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a condition that leads to kidney failure. The outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 has never before been seen by public health officials. Through epidemiologic and traceback investigations, they have determined that likely sources of the outbreak are Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s stores. On November … [Read more...]

Two E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Prepared Foods This Year

The E. coli outbreak linked to ready-to-eat salads sold at Trader Joe's and other stores is the second multistate E. coli outbreak linked to prepared foods this year. The first one, announced in March, was linked to frozen snack foods sold under the Farm Rich, Market Day and Schwan's brands. In the current outbreak, at least 26 people in three states have been sickened with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at Trader Joe’s stores. Six people have been hospitalized, two of them with HUS, a condition that develops in about 10 percent of E. coli infections which leads to kidney failure. Glass Onion has recalled 16 salads and sandwich wraps for … [Read more...]

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