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Chipotle E. coli Outbreaks Sickens 60 in 14 States

The initial, larger STEC O26 outbreak was first detected by public health officials in Washington and Oregon through local foodborne disease surveillance. In late October 2015, officials in those states detected an increase in illness and after interviewing ill people, they determined that illness was likely linked to eating at multiple Chipotle Mexican Grill locations.

A total of 55 people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O26 were reported from 11 states. The majority of illnesses were reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. The number of ill people reported from each state was as follows: California (3), Delaware (1), Illinois (1), Kentucky (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (27).

Among people for whom information was available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to December 1, 2015. Ill people ranged in age from 1 year to 94, with a median age of 21. Fifty-seven percent of ill people were female. Twenty-one (38%) people reported being hospitalized.

In December 2015, a second outbreak of a different, rare strain of STEC O26 was identified. A total of five people infected with this strain of STEC O26 were reported from three states. The number of ill people reported from each state was as follows: Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3).

Among people for whom information was available, illnesses started on dates ranging from November 18, 2015 to November 26, 2015. Ill people ranged in age from 6 years to 25, with a median age of 22. Eighty percent of ill people were female. One (20%) person reported being hospitalized.

The epidemiologic evidence collected during these investigations suggested that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants was a likely source of both outbreaks. The investigations did not identify a specific food or ingredient linked to illness in either outbreak.

FSIS Reports Tennessee E.coli Illnesse linked to Ground Beef

Snapp’s Ferry Packing Company, an Afton, Tenn. establishment, is recalling approximately 410 pounds of beef product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The ground beef item was produced on Nov. 20, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

5-lb. packages of “Ground Beef,” with a packaging date of Nov. 20, 2015.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “Est. 9085” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The item was distributed to restaurants in the Knoxville, Tenn. area. None of this product was sold at retail.

The problem was discovered on Jan. 19, 2016, when a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 from FSIS testing was traced back to the establishment as a result of an ongoing illness investigation in Tennessee. FSIS is continuing to work with our public health partners at the Tennessee Department of Health and Knox County Health Department on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

Oklahoma and Kansas Now Linked to Chipolte E. coli Outbreak

The FDA, CDC, and state and local officials are investigating a second, more recent outbreak of a different, rare DNA fingerprint of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O26 (STEC O26) linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants.

The CDC reports that five people have been reported with the new variant of STEC O26 from a total of three states: Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3).

The Kansas and North Dakota cases ate at the same restaurant in Kansas. The three separate Oklahoma cases all ate at the same Chipotle restaurant.

As of December 18, 2015, 53 people infected with the previously reported outbreak strain of STEC O26 have been reported from nine states: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (27).

The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that a common meal item or ingredient served at Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurants in several states is a likely source of both outbreaks.

The investigations are still ongoing to determine what specific food is linked to illness.

Chipotle E. coli Numbers Keep Rising

Fifty-three people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 have been reported from nine states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (2), and Washington (27). Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to November 14, 2015. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 94, with a median age of 21. Fifty-nine percent of ill people are female. Twenty (38%) people reported being hospitalized. There have been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome and no deaths.

CDC is investigating another, more recent outbreak of a different, rare DNA fingerprint of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O26 linked to Chipotle Mexican Grill. Because it is not known if these infections are related to the larger, previously reported outbreak of E. coli O26 infections, these illnesses are not being included in the case count for that outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.

5 ill people have been identified in Kansas (1), North Dakota (1), and Oklahoma (3).

The illnesses started on dates ranging from November 18, 2015 to November 26, 2015.

All five (100%) reported eating at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the week before illness started.

Costco’s Washington, Montana, California, Utah, Colorado, Missouri and Virginia E. coli Outbreak Appears Over

big-map-11-24-2015The ongoing investigation is working to identify which specific ingredient in the chicken salad is linked to illness.

On November 24, 2015 the Montana Public Health Laboratory reported that it tested a sample of celery and onion diced blend produced by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. that was collected from a Costco store in Montana and preliminary results indicated the presence of E. coli O157:H7. As a result of the preliminary laboratory results, Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., voluntarily recalled multiple products containing celery because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 on November 26, 2015.

However, on December 7, 2015, according to the FDA, further laboratory analysis was unable to confirm the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in a sample of celery and onion diced blend produced by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. that was collected from a Costco store in Montana.

As of December 8, 2015, 19 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 7 states. No additional illnesses linked to this outbreak have been reported to CDC since November 23. 5 ill people have been hospitalized, and 2 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states is a likely source of this outbreak. 14 (88%) of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco in the week before illness started.

Chipotle E. coli Outbreak: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington (27)

Since the last update on November 20th when the CDC reported 45 sickened in 6 states – California (2), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (1), Oregon (13), and Washington (26), seven more ill people have now been reported from California (1), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Ohio (2), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington (1) adding Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maryland to the mix.

Fifty-two people are now infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O26 from 9 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from Washington and Oregon during October 2015. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (3), Illinois (1), Maryland (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), Ohio (3), Oregon (13), Pennsylvania (1), and Washington (27).

Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 19, 2015 to November 13, 2015. Ill people range in age from 1 year to 94, with a median age of 21. Fifty-nine percent of ill people are female. Twenty (38%) people reported being hospitalized. There have been no reports of hemolytic uremic syndrome and no deaths.

According to the CDC, illnesses that occurred after November 11, 2015 might not be reported yet due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported.

E. coli Tainted Celery Onion Mix Recalled by Taylor Farms

Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, CA, is recalling the products listed below because they may include celery which could potentially contain E. coli 0157:H7. The products listed below are being recalled out of an abundance of caution due to a Celery and Onion Diced Blend testing positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health. The Celery and Onion Diced Blend tested by the state of Montana was used in a Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad that has been linked to a multi-state E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak.

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Internal Item Code Product Description of Packaging Store Lot Codes Quantity Use By Date Stores Distributed
271820 Fresh To Go Bistro Snack 1/7.5oz Tray $4.29 Tray 7-Eleven TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 326, 327, 328 2808 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Wa., Or., Co
240088 CST Celery 1/4″ Dice 8/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323 104 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Az., Nv., Ut., Wa.
240069 CST Celery Dcd 1/4″ 2/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 324, 326, 327 29 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id.
240028 CST Celery Sticks 4″ 8/5# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 229 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Az., Nv., Ut., Wa., Il., Ga.
240063 CST Celery/Onion 1/4″ Dcd Blend 3/4# Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323 1184 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id., Mt., Ut., Co.
202040 CST Turkey Dinner Veggie 6/12oz Bag Food Service Bag Costco TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324 2170 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Wa., Or., Id., Mt., Ut., Co.
202241 TF Chicken Salad W/ Grapes 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 320, 321, 322, 324, 328 1106 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
203022 TF Curry Chicken 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 328 127 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
202139 TF-KS Apple Waldorf 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit King Sooper TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 320, 328 434 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy.
278902 Citizen Chef Pantry Buffalo Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Pantry TF 320, 321, 326, 327, 328, 329 129 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
278003 Citizen Chef Pantry Asian W/Chckn Premade Salad 10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Pantry TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 326, 327, 328 126 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
201428 Raley’s Albacore Tuna Salad Kit – 0595143 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327 290 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca ,Nv.
270280 Raley’s Asian Pasta Toss 1/12oz Tray Premade Salad Raleys TF 313, 314, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 324, 326, 327, 328 1748 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
201426 Raley’s Blue Cheese Potato&Bacon Salad – 0595129 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 314, 315, 316, 318, 320, 324, 325, 327, 328 380 11/20/15 to 12/5/15 Ca.,Nv.
210397 Raley’s Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 324, 325, 326 90 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271973 Raley’s Country Potato Salad 1/32oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 3006 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271970 Raley’s Country Macaroni Salad 1/16oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 784 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271971 Raley’s Country Macaroni Salad 1/32oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 2248 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
271972 Raley’s Country Potato Salad 1/16oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 317, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 3278 11/20/15 to 12/4/15 Ca.,Nv.
201675 Raley’s Crunchy Veggie Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 2005 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
210392 Raley’s Curry Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 326, 328 565 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201508 Raley’s Golden State Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327 992 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201674 Raley’s Loaded Potato Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 1218 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201427 Raley’s Mandarin Orange Chinese W/Chicken Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 630 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201412 Raley’s Nob Hill Recovery Chicken Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327 70 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201480 Raley’s Old Fashion Salad W/Chicken – 0595254 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 318, 320, 324, 325, 327 1031 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201433 Raley’s Seafood Salad – 0595077 Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 322, 324, 325, 327, 328 2260 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
201359 Raley’s Thanksgiving Salad Kit Bulk Kit Raleys TF 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 327 570 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271752 Raley’s Traditional Cornbread Stuffing 25oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 321, 322, 323 12558 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.,Nv.
271727 Raley’s Vegetable 1/3# Tray Tray Raleys TF 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 323, 324, 326, 327, 329 2218 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
271758 Raley’s Vegetable and Ranch Dip 1/27oz Tray Tray Raleys TF 315, 316, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327 931 11/20/15 to 12/6/15 Ca.,Nv.
270352 Savemart/FM/Lucky Buffalo Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Sandwich Wrap Savemart TF 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327 603 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
270359 Savemart/FM/Lucky Fully Loaded Chopped Salad 1/10.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327 377 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270366 Savemart/FM/Lucky Greek Salad 1/10.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 327 386 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270363 Savemart/FM/Lucky Southwest W/ Chicken Salad 1/9.5oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327 576 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
200524 TF Sicilian Vegetable Salad 2Ct Kit Bulk Kit Savemart TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 322, 323, 327 53 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca
210160 TF Asian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6oz Tray Premade Salad Savemart/ Tonys/ Albertsons TF 316, 317, 319, 320, 323, 327 700 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
279003 Sig Cafe Asian W/Chicken Premade Salad 10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway / Albertsons TF 317, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 11222 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Or., Az., Nm., Wy., Sd., Ne.
203326 TF Crunchy Vegetables 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 314, 316, 317, 320, 321, 327 155 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or.
218858 Sig Cafe Asian W/Chicken Premade Salad 4/10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Albertsons TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 579 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
218871 Sig Cafe Thai Style W/ Chicken Premade Salad 4/12oz Tray Premade Salad Albertsons TF 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 539 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
203017 TF Cheesy Bacon Ranch Pasta 2Cnt Salad Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327 535 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
203328 TF Crunchy Chinese Chicken Recovery 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Albertsons TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 327 425 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
215305 Sig Cafe Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta 2Cnt Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway TF 313, 317, 320, 324, 325, 326, 328 298 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.
203119 TF Apple Waldorf 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 314, 317, 321, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 208 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne., Or.
203136 TF Crunchy Pea 2ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 944 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Wa.,Or.,Id.
215350 Celery Slcd 1/2″ Diagonal 2/5# bags Food Service Bag Safeway TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 326, 327, 328 236 11/20/15 to 12/5/15 Ca., Nv.
270067 TF Buffalo Chicken Burrito 1/11oz Tray Tray Safeway TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2439 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca., Nv.
279019 Sig Cafe Thai Style W/Chicken Premade Salad 12oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 18727 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv., Or.
279028 Sig Cafe Sriracha W/Chicken Premade Salad 8.75oz Tray Premade Salad Safeway TF 317, 318, 319, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 7721 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.,Ca., Nv.
203356 TF Chinese Style Chicken Recovery 2Ct Salad Kit Bulk Kit Safeway TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2119 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Nv., Wa., Or., Co., Wy., Sd., Ne.
218326 TF Fall Salad 2Cnt Kit Bulk Kit Safeway/ Albertsons TF 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 1049 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca., Nv., Or., Id., Ut., Mt.,Nv., Nd.. Wy.
270060 TF Buffalo Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Sleeve Safeway/ Vons TF 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 1118 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca., Nv.
270012 TF Chicken and Hummus Snack 1/7oz Tray Tray Vons TF 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327 3098 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca., Nv.
218877 Sig Cafe Traditional Stuffing Premade 4/39oz Tray Tray Safeway/ Vons/ Albertsons TF 323, 324, 326, 327, 328 1174 11/20/15 to 11/29/15 Ca., Nv.
274026 SBUX Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm 7.7oz #11045014 Sandwich Starbucks TF 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 45133 11/20/15 to 11/28/15 Ca.,Or.,Nv.
204507 AF Asian Chopped Salad 6/9.6 oz Premade Salad Target TF 314, 316, 317, 318, 321, 322, 325, 326, 327 493 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
270205 AF Asian Style Chicken Salad 1/10.25oz Tray Premade Salad Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 1544 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
270201 AF Buffalo Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 687 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
270234 AF Café Buffalo-Style Chicken Wrap 1/10oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 113 11/20/15 to 11/30/15 Ca.
204576 AF Ginger Stir Fry Vegetable Blend 4/14oz Tray Tray Target TF 314, 316, 317, 319, 321, 323, 324, 326, 328 35 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
270206 AF Thai Style Salad 1/12oz Tray Tray Target TF 318, 319, 321, 323, 325, 326, 328 1191 11/20/15 to 12/1/15 Ca.
203304 TF Crunchy Chinese Chicken Recovery Salad Kit Bulk Kit Tonys TF 312, 315, 317, 319, 322, 324, 327, 328 705 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
210163 TF Italian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6.25oz Tray Premade Salad Tonys TF 313, 317, 321, 325 17 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.
203403 TF Asian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6oz WM#554135639 Premade Salad Walmart TF 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326 2290 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
202055 TF Celery 3/8″ Diced 6/8.5oz Bag Food Service Bag Sams Club TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 324, 327, 328 590 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203402 TF Italian Chopped Round Toss Up Salad 6/6.25oz WM#55413564 Premade Salad Walmart TF 313, 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 2229 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203420 TF-WM Celery Sticks 4/8oz Tray WM#554390337 Tray Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 326, 328 150 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut.,SD.,ND .,
203418 TF-WM Celery/Carrot Slims 4/10oz Tray WM#554390336 Tray Walmart TF 314, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 326, 328 200 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,
203040 WM Chicken 1Ct Salad Kit WM#554561010 Bulk Kit Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328 416 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,
203045 WM Fruit Waldorf 1Ct Salad Kit WM#554561008 Bulk Kit Walmart TF 314, 315, 316, 317, 318, 320, 323, 324, 325, 327, 328 451 11/20/15 to 12/8/15 Ca.,Nv.,Or.,Wa.,Az.,Co.,Wy.,N M.,Ak.,Hi.,Ne.,Mt.,Ut., SD.,ND.,

Only the products listed above are subject to this recall. This recall is being conducted in coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Customers who have any recalled products are urged to discard the affected products.

Two with HUS – Kidney Failure – Linked to Costco Chicken Salad

index-small-mapCDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, and public health officials in several states are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections.

A total of 19 people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing STEC O157:H7 have been reported from 7 states. The majority of illnesses have been reported from states in the western United States. The number of ill people reported from each state is as follows: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1).

Among people for whom information is available, illnesses started on dates ranging from October 6, 2015 to November 3, 2015. Ill people range in age from 5 years to 84, with a median age of 18. Fifty-seven percent of ill people are female. Five (29%) people reported being hospitalized, and two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported..

The epidemiologic evidence available to investigators at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco stores is a likely source of this outbreak. The ongoing investigation has not identified what specific ingredient in the chicken salad is linked to illness.

State and local public health officials are interviewing ill people to obtain information about foods they might have eaten and other exposures in the week before their illness started. Fourteen (88%) of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco.

On November 20, 2015, Costco reported to public health officials that the company had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all stores in the United States and stopped further production of the product until further notice.

“Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” Recalled by Costco over E. coli Fears

“Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” from Costco has been connected with at least one case of E. coli O157:H7 in Washington. Consumers who purchased this product – item number 37719 – from any Washington Costco location should discard it.

The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating E. coli illnesses from chicken salad purchased from various Costco stores in late October. Washington has confirmed one case of E. coli O157:H7 from King County, who became ill in late October. This confirmed case was not hospitalized.

“We take E. coli very seriously in Washington,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, “and we are working with CDC and state partners to determine the source.”

Others states with confirmed E. coli cased linked to Costco chicken salad include Colorado, Montana, and Utah. In addition to CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.

People who have eaten this product and feel ill should consult with their health care provider. If you have leftover product in your refrigerator or freezer do not eat it and discard the product. People usually get sick 2-8 days after getting E. coli. Only people who have symptoms should see a health care provider.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea – often bloody – and abdominal cramps. Most people recover within a week. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).  HUS can occur in people of any age, but is most common in young children under five, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of HUS can include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. People who have these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. Antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines should not be given unless E. coli is ruled out, since they may increase the risk of HUS in people with E. coli infections.

Reno Nevada E. coli Outbreak Solved

An E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak that sickened nearly two dozen people and prompted a popular south-Reno restaurant to voluntarily close has been linked to a dessert food manufactured, sold, and distributed by Reno Provisions according to Health District officials.

“Our epidemiologists and environmental health staff have identified a dessert that was prepared by Reno Provisions,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “Several people who ate at the Twisted Fork restaurant had the dessert, as did some other people outside the Reno area who then developed the E. coli infection. That commonality led investigators to the dessert supplier, and to tests of food and equipment at Reno Provisions,” Dick added.

Now that positive test results have identified a specific E. coli source, the Health District’s investigation has shifted focus from the restaurant to the manufacturer. The Health District confirms that all of the remaining desserts associated with the E. coli contaminations have been disposed of.

Since mid-October twenty-one confirmed and probable cases of E. coli 0157:H7 have been reported in Washoe County.  “The complete cooperation and engagement in the investigation that we received from Twisted Fork, and their decision to voluntarily close, were significant factors in identifying the E. coli source,” said Dick.