Celery recall over E. Coli scare spreads to 18 states; Target, Walmart affected
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A celery recall prompted by an E. coli scare that sickened 19 people in seven states has now expanded to 18 states and includes more than 155,000 products pulled from shelves at major grocery chains.
On November 26, the Food and Drug Administration announced that California company Taylor Farms Pacific was voluntarily recalling a number of celery products which were used in prepared foods including Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad.
A sample of the celery tested positive for E. coli, and 19 people in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington were sickened from eating it. Five of those patients were hospitalized and two developed kidney failure, but no deaths were reported, CBS News reported. Costco pulled the salad from all U.S. stores.
Since then, several other major retailers and grocery chains have also pulled products with Taylor Farms celery from shelves, including Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Albertsons, 7-Eleven, Target and Safeway.
Recalled items included pre-made sandwiches, salads and vegetable mixes. Starbucks also removed holiday turkey & stuffing paninis.
The recalls vary by store and state, but so far Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming have all been affected.
No recalls, except for the nationwide Costco chicken salad recall, have affected New York. A full list of recalled items by store and state can be found on the FDA website.
ABC News reports that the E. coli outbreak is likely to grow over the next few weeks, despite the recall.
E. coli symptoms vary, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that can be bloody, and vomiting. Infections can be severe and life threatening, and anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to see their doctor.