I love the Costco rotisserie chicken salad, and I know a lot of other people do too. Unfortunately, in the last few days it has been linked to several E.coli infections across multiple states. At least 19 people, across seven states, have been infected with E.coli as a result of eating the chicken salad from Costco. The source of the contamination hasn’t been identified yet, but Costco is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and CDC to identify it as quickly as possible.
Food contaminated with E.coli 0157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
According to the CDC infections linked to the chicken salad have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington. Two individuals have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a type of kidney failure that can lead to permanent organ damage. So, as you can imagine, this is nothing to mess around with.
Costco stopped selling and producing the chicken salad as of November 20, immediately after it was notified by federal health officials of the link with the E.coli infections. However, infections from early November have been linked to chicken salad purchased as far back as the end of October, on the 25th, so this has been an issue for about a month. If you have purchased the chicken salad and still have some of it in your fridge, do not eat it and just throw it away, even if you’ve had some and haven’t gotten ill. If you still have some, you should return it for a refund from Costco.
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