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Utah part of eight-state E. coli chicken recall

Published November 11, 2013 1:44 pm

Health risks • No cases reported so far in Utah.
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Utah is part of an eight-state health recall of grilled chicken products recently shipped from California.

On Sunday, Glass Onion Catering, an establishment based in Richmond, recalled approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Recalled products are sold at Trader Joe's, Walgreens and Whole Foods under various brand names including Trader Joe's, Delish, Atherstone, Super Fresh Foods and Lunch Spot, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

In all, 26 people in three states — California, Washington and Arizona — have been affected, the release said.

While products may have been shipped to Utah, "the Centers for Disease Control has not reported any cases in Utah, and the Salt Lake County Health Department has not confirmed any E. coli cases relating to these particular products," said spokesperson Nicholas Rupp on Monday.

The only Whole Foods Market stores that are affected by this recall are in Northern California, said spokesperson Libba Letton. "That means no Utah stores are affected."

The recalled products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6 and shipped to distributions centers intended for retail sale in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Recalled products bear the number "P-34221" inside the USDA mark of inspection. They include:

• 10.7 ounce plastic containers of "Trader Joe's Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken."

• 11 ounce plastic containers of "Trader Joe's Mexicali salad with Chili Lime Chicken."

• 12 ounce packages of "delish pan pacific chop salad"

• 13.4 ounce packages of "delish California style grilled chicken salad"

• 9.9 ounce packages of "delish uncured applewood smoked ham & cheese wrap"

• 10.5 ounce packages of "delish grilled chicken caesar wrap"

• 10.9 ounce packages of "delish southwestern chicken wrap"

• 11.5 ounce packages of "delish greek brand low-calorie grilled chicken wrap"

• 9.9 ounce packages of "delish white chicken club wrap"

• 11.2 ounce packages of "delish asian style chicken wrap"

• 13.4 ounce packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap with Chimichurri Sauce"

• 10.5 ounce packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Asian Style White Chicken Wrap with Mango Vinaigrette"

• 9.9 ounce packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with Caesar Dressing"

• 10.7 ounce packages of "super fresh Foods California Grilled Chicken Salad, Low Fat Mendocino Mustard Dressing"

• 9.2 ounce packages of "super fresh Foods Pan Pacific Chopped Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy Dressing"

• 10.7 ounce packages of "Lunch Spot Southwestern Style Chicken Wrap, Chile & Lime Dressing"

A list of all recalled products also is available on FDA's website at: www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm.

According to a news release, FSIS began monitoring a cluster of E. coli illnesses on Oct. 29, then was notified by FDA on Nov. 6, that California authorities had reported consumers eating pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken.

Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FDA, and various state health agencies, officials discovered a link between the grilled chicken salads and the illness cluster.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days (three to four days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).


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