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November 10, 2013 at 7:58 PM

3 in state sickened by Trader Joe’s salads in E. coli recall

UPDATE, 9:55 A.M.:

The Associated Press

More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to its products, federal health officials said Sunday.

In Washington, three people who were sickened with the bacterium told investigators they ate ready-to-eat salads from Trader Joe’s, said Tim Church, a spokesman with the state’s Department of Health.

Richmond-based Glass Onion Catering are recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

The products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, and were shipped to distribution centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Texas. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bit.ly/1bqp5Z1) the company supplies food to Trader Joe’s, Super Fresh Goods and Delish.

The Food and Drug Administration has a full list of products being recalled on its website at: www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm

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Glass Onion Catering is recalling its ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products, including some sold at Trader Joe’s, because of a possible E. coli contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The USDA did not release a complete list of Washington retail locations the products are sold at but did list the following products produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013 as being potentially contaminated:

• 12 oz. packages of  “delish pan pacific chop salad”
• 13.4 oz. packages of  “delish California style grilled chicken salad”
• 9.9 oz. packages of  “delish uncured applewood smoked ham & cheese wrap”
• 10.5 oz. packages of “delish grilled chicken caesar wrap”
• 10.9 oz. packages of  “delish southwestern chicken wrap”
• 11.5 oz. packages of  “delish greek brand low-calorie grilled chicken wrap”
• 9.9 oz. packages of  “delish white chicken club wrap”
• 11.2 oz. packages of  “delish asian style chicken wrap”
• 13.4 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap with Chimichurri Sauce”
• 10.5 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Asian Style White Chicken Wrap with Mango Vinaigrette”
• 9.9 oz. packages of  “atherstone Fine Foods Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with Caesar Dressing”
•  10.7 oz. packages of  “super fresh Foods California Grilled Chicken Salad, Low Fat Mendocino Mustard Dressing”
• 10.7 oz. packages of  “Lunch Spot Southwestern Style Chicken Wrap, Chile & Lime  Dressing”
• 9.2 oz. packages of  “super fresh Foods Pan Pacific Chopped Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy Dressing”
• 10.7 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken.”
• 11 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S MEXICALI SALAD with Chili Lime Chicken.”

The full list of retail locations selling the products will eventually be listed at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

The USDA release says the potential contamination was discovered after health investigators discovered a link between the grilled chicken salads and an “illness cluster.” About  15 people reported consumption of ready-to-eat pre-packaged salads before becoming ill, according to the release.

E. coli O157:H7 can be a deadly bacterium that causes dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight  days after exposure. Symptoms include easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urination. Most people recover in a week, but some develop kidney failure.  The USDA said people with symptoms of infection should seek medical help immediately.

Comments | Topics: E. coli, food recall, Trader Joe's


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