In this file photo, a farmworker cuts celery Nov. 14, 2005 on a farm near Fillmore, CA. A large chicken salad recall has been traced to contaminated celery. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Federal Government Expands Recall of Escherichia Coli to 19 States and Major Grocery Chains


A recall stemming from an Escherichia coli scare now spans more than a dozen states and includes products sold at major grocery chains.

Contaminated celery from California-based Taylor Farms Pacific was found to be the source of Costco’s chicken salad recall last week. The chicken salad was recalled after it tested positive for E. coli in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health.

According to the Associated Press, the E. coli outbreak has sickened 19 people in seven states. Five people have been hospitalized.

The FDA expanded the recall of food products on Tuesday to include 155,000 items such as salad kits, vegetable trays and other prepared foods. Among the stores involved are Walmart, Sams Club, Costco, Albertsons, 7-Eleven, Target and Safeway.

The products were primarily distributed in Western states, but stores in states including Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska and Hawaii also are affected.

A list of several recall items is available at FDA.gov.

E. coli can cause a diarrheal illness with bloody stools. In children and the elderly, it can also cause a form of kidney failure, which may lead to serious kidney damage and death.

The FDA urges customers who have any recalled products to throw them away. Customers may call 209-830-3141 for further information Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific time.

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