E. Coli Recall Linked to Celery Expands to Over a Dozen States


The celery recall is growing, with more states and stores affected. (Getty Images)

A recall that started with an E. coli scare at Costco now spans more than a dozen states and includes 155,000 items such as salad kits, vegetable trays, and other prepared foods.

Among the stores involved are Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Albertsons, 7-Eleven, Target, and Safeway.

The celery was produced by Taylor Farms Pacific in California and was found to be the cause of Costco’s recall of chicken salad in November.

The products were primarily distributed in Western states, but the potentially contaminated products were also sold in Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska, and Hawaii.

More than 45,000 Starbucks holiday turkey sandwiches distributed in California, Oregon, and Nevada are included.

Nineteen people have been sickened so far by this outbreak, Bloomberg reports.

A list of items affected by the recall is on the FDA’s website.

Symptoms of E. coli infection usually begin three or four days after exposure and include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and sometimes nausea and vomiting. Most healthy people will recover without need for medical intervention, but young children and the elderly are at particular risk for kidney failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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