FDA Issued Food Recall for Chicken and Salads Because of E. Coli
Glass Onion Catering, a California-based company, has issued a food recall for 180,000 pounds of ready-to-eat sandwiches and salad wraps that contain fully-cooked chicken and ham after reports that a few consumers were hospitalized for e. Coli infection.
The sandwiches and wraps were distributed to eight states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. So far, 26 people in three states have reported illness related to e. Coli, and at least 15 people so far have reported consuming the recalled products.
“Based on epidemiological information, 15 case-patients reported consumption of ready-to-eat pre-packaged salads prior to illness onset. A traceback investigation determined Glass Onion Catering was the supplier of the products implicated in the outbreak,” according to the USDA.
The items under the food recall were manufactured between September 23rd and November 6th.
Grocery chain Trader Joe’s acknowledged on their website that they sold Glass Onion’s products, including Mexicali Brand Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Classic Greek Salad. Now that a food recall has been issued, the store is pulling these products, and warned their shoppers not to consume these products if they have already been purchased.
E. Coli is a plentiful gut bacteria that is normally beneficial in most healthy adults. However, some strains can be very harmful, especially to those with weakened or suppressed immune systems, such as children or elderly adults. Symptoms of e. Coli illness include diarrhea, dehydration, and abdominal cramps. If untreated, the disease can lead to kidney damage and even failure. If you believe you have symptoms of e. Coli infection, see a doctor immediately.
For a full list of products under the food recall, visit the FDA’s website here.
E. Coli Food Recall Notice May or May Not Be In Time to Stop Contagion
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