19 People Ill from E.Coli Linked to Costco Chicken Salad
A strain of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad has sickened 19 people across seven states. It is reportedly more dangerous than the strain which affected Chipotles across the country this month.
About the Costco E. Coli Strand
According to KRIS-TV, anyone who bought chicken salad at any U.S. Costco on or before Friday November 27 is advised to throw the product away, even if no one is feeling ill. This strand of E. coli is likely to be more harmful than the strand which affected Chipotles across the country.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials are investigating and have not determined what ingredient in the Rotisserie Chicken has caused the outbreak. Six people have become ill in Montana, five in Utah, four in Colorado, and one each in California, Missouri, Virginia, and Washington state.
A Seattle attorney who is representing people sickened by Chipotle outbreak said, “Costco has always been a leader in food safety at retail, it just goes to show you how important controlling your supply chain is.”
Description of E coli Outbreak:
- Two people have developed kidney failure.
- Reports of sickness related to the Costco E. coli outbreak began October 6.
- This strand of E.coli has affected people ranging from age 5 to 84.
- This outbreak is completely unrelated and potentially more harmful than that which closed many Chipotle restaurants this month.
- E. coli strand 157 has been identified in the Costco chicken, but no source has been identified.
- Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting.