As of last week, 19 people in seven states have fallen in from an E. coli outbreak that's been linked to celery in rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco. The multistate outbreak prompted Taylor Farms, located in Tracy, California, to recall dozens of products sold in stores all over the country, including in Arizona, "because they may include celery which could potentially contain E. coli."
Several of the recalled products were distributed to Costco, Safeway/Albertson's, Walmart, and Sam's Club stores in Arizona. The products include salad kits, celery stalks, diced celery, and chicken salad, all of which contain Taylor Farms product. You can view a complete list of recalled products on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Initially thought to have been caused by Costco rotisserie chicken, the recent E. coli outbreak started on October 6 and has mostly affected people in the western United States so far. As of November 23, 19 people in California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1) have been infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7, resulting in five hospitalizations and no deaths.
On November 20, Costco removed all remaining rotisserie chickens, but a test by the Montana Public Health Laboratory later pointed to a celery and onion diced blend used in making Costco chicken salad as the cause of the infection. On November 26, Taylor Farms issued a voluntary recall of potentially contaminated products.
E. coli is a bacterium that causes "diarrheal illness often with bloody stools," according to the FDA. Most healthy adults recover within a week, though some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which can lead to death.
The FDA warns consumers should not eat any recalled products — even if someone has eaten the product and not gotten sick. If you think you may have become sick from eating a recalled product, contact a healthcare provider.
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