Seven states have reported cases of E. coli contamination related to Costco's chicken salad. A total of 19 cases are known thus far. Costco recalled the chicken salad on Friday, Nov. 20, and removed it from its stores, but there may have been a number of people who unknowingly purchased the affected chicken and still had it at home.
Utah recently reported five cases of E. coli contamination and sickness involving people aged nine to 84. Two of them were male and three of them were female. Two needed to be hospitalized. Fortunately, no one suffered life-threatening illnesses in the state. In addition to Utah, Montana, Colorado, California, Missouri, Washington and Virginia have seen instances of E. coli illness from Costco chicken salad.
5 People Hospitalized, More Cases Expected
Five people have been hospitalized across the country. Although no fatal instances have been reported, two people suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS is a form of kidney failure, which can cause permanent damage to the organs. A Seattle food safety lawyer said that he projects more instances of illness will be reported in the days to come.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and various state agencies, the E. coli illnesses stemmed from chicken salad bought in late October from different Costco locations. However, health officials are still trying to pinpoint the exact source of these E. coli strains.
How to Identify Affected Packages
Consumers have been advised that affected batches of chicken salad were made from chicken cooked on a rotisserie. Affected packages are listed with the item number 37719. Anyone in possession of this chicken salad should immediately throw it away. Those who have already eaten the affected salad should visit a doctor if they show any signs of illness. They may also want to speak with a personal injury lawyer if they suspect their illnesses were caused by eating Costco chicken salad.
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