Rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp. is a "likely source" of an E. coli outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Nineteen people in seven states are sick with an E coli infection. The infections have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, CDC said. No deaths have been reported, but two individuals developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that can lead to permanent organ damage.
‘Nineteen people in seven states are sick with an E coli infection linked to chicken salad from Costco, federal health officials said.’
It's a different strain of E coli from the one that forced the closure of more than 40 Chipotle outlets in Washington and Oregon earlier this month. But the dangers are the same.
"The epidemiologic evidence available at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states is a likely source of this outbreak," CDC said.
"Consumers who purchased rotisserie chicken salad from any Costco store in the United States on or before November 20, 2015, should not eat it and should throw it away," CDC advised.
The current number of HUS cases is twice what is normally seen with E. coli O157:H7, the pathogen identified in the outbreak, said Bill Marler, a Seattle food safety attorney who represents people sickened by tainted food.