CDC: E. coli outbreak in Costco Rotisserie Chicken Appears to be Over

Posted on December 22, 2015 by

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The Costco Rotisserie Chicken E.coli outbreak appears to be over. The most recent illness in this outbreak reported to CDC started on November 3, 2015.

CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, and public health officials in several states investigated an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections.

Nineteen people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 were reported from seven states. Most illnesses were reported from the western United States.

Five ill people were hospitalized, and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

This outbreak appears to be over. The most recent illness in this outbreak reported to CDC started on November 3, 2015.

  • Five ill people were hospitalized, and two developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported.

The epidemiologic evidence collected during this investigation suggested that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores in several states was the likely source of this outbreak.

Fourteen (88%) of 16 people purchased or ate rotisserie chicken salad from Costco in the week before illness started.

On November 20, 2015, Costco reported to public health officials that the company had voluntarily removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all stores in the United States.

On November 26, 2015, Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., recalled the celery and onion diced blend used in the Costco chicken salad and many other products containing celery, because they might be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, serve, or sell any of the products recalled by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc.

The FDA conducted a traceback investigation of the FDA regulated ingredients used in the chicken salad to try to determine which ingredient was linked to illness. However, the traceback investigation did not identify a common source of contamination.


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