Celery is at the root of the problem for many major retail stores E. coli breakouts in the last few days. At least a dozen states are impacted by the vegetable's problems, all of which can be traced back to a single farm in California.
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Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., which is in Tracy, California, voluntarily recalled many of their celery products, including Costco's rotisserie chicken salad, which tested positive for a bad case of E. coli when sampled by the Montana Department of Health.
According to ABC News, nineteen people from seven states, including California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington, have been sickened from eating it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Five of the patients were hospitalized and two have developed kidney failure, but no deaths have been reported.
Costco has said that it has removed the rotisserie chicken salad from all of their stores in the U.S. and have stopped further production of the product until further notice. Consumers who purchased the chicken salad are urged to throw it away and not try to eat it.
There are tons of other products that contain celery, and Taylor Farms has announced a recall of almost all of them.
Other places that are impacted include Starbucks, where the holiday turkey and stuffing Panini, a ton of pre-made foots from Target, Walmart, Costco, and Safeway, as well as many other foods here and there. The stores have supposedly removed all of the items.
Symptoms of E. coli vary, but they include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. Most people get over it in about a week, but the infections can be severe.
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Anyone concerned about an illness from consumption of any of the recalled products should contact a health care provider.