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Costco Pulls Rotisserie Chicken Salad After E. Coli Outbreak

Costco Pulls Rotisserie Chicken Salad After E. Coli Outbreak

November 24, 2015 — Costco has pulled rotisserie chicken salad off store shelves nationwide after an outbreak of E. coli sickened 19 people in seven states.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that five of the victims were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

Two of the victims developed a life-threatening type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). It occurs in up to 7% of E. coli infections when toxins destroy red blood cells in the intestines.

The outbreak strain is E. coli O157:H7, a Shiga-toxin producing bacteria. Symptoms of infection may include severe bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, and vomiting.

E. coli Illnesses by State: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), Washington (1).

The CDC said 14 out of 16 victims (88%) who were interviewed reported eating Costco rotisserie chicken salad in the week before getting sick, making it the “likely source” of the outbreak. No recall has been issued.

Costco removed all remaining rotisserie chicken products from stores on November 20. The company has also stopped making new products until further notice. Anyone who bought the product should throw it out. Illnesses after November 10 may not be reported yet.

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