E. coli Threat Causes a Recall of Salads, Wraps

chicken saladMore than 90 tons of sandwich wraps and prepackaged salads have been recalled by a California company. According to the United States Agriculture Department, these products are thought to be contaminated with an E. coli strain that produces toxins. Ready-to-eat salads and wraps with ham and cooked chicken have been recalled by The Glass Onion Catering in Richmond, Calif. These products were thought to contain E. coli 0157:H7. This announcement was made by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the department. The recalled products have been associated with approximately 26 diseased patients in a total of three states. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most of the patients were in California.

The Food and Drug Administration website contains a full list of the products recalled, with some products labeled under Atherstone Fine Foods. The recalled products were manufactured between 23rd of September and 6th of November prior to being shipped to Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington and Utah. According to the FDA sites, the products were produced by Walgreens and Whole Foods. A few weeks ago, the FDA notified the USDA that the issues of illnesses associated with prepackaged salads containing grilled chicken had been reported by California authorities. The USDA said that it is not usual to find E. coli 0157: H7 in chicken. This fact was seconded by a food safety expert at University of California, Trevor Suslow. Rare 0157 isolations have been reported, but no outbreaks have been found in the past. This is according to Suslow. E.coli has been known to cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps. While many people would recover within seven days, it can cause kidney failure in some cases. This is often referred to as hemolytic uremic syndrome.

 

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