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Multistate outbreak of E. coli linked to Costco chicken salad

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service and state and local authorities are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 illnesses that have been reported in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington.

The epidemiologic evidence available to investigators at this time suggests that rotisserie chicken salad purchased from Costco stores is a likely source of this outbreak. This product is labeled “Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” with item number 37719.

The ongoing investigation has not identified what specific ingredient in the chicken salad is linked to illness. The FDA is working with its federal and state partners to conduct a traceback investigation in an effort to determine the source of illnesses.

On Nov. 20, 2015, Costco reported to the FDA that is was removing its rotisserie chicken salad product from its shelves nationwide and has stopped production until further notice.

According to the CDC, as of Nov. 23, 2015, a total of 19 ill people have been reported in seven states: California (1), Colorado (4), Missouri (1), Montana (6), Utah (5), Virginia (1), and Washington (1). Ill people range in age from 5 years to 84, with a median age of 18. Fifty-seven percent of ill people are female. There have been five reported hospitalizations and two reports of a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). There have been no reported deaths.

More information can be obtained by contacting the Costco customer service at consumer affairs department toll free at 800-774-2678 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific time, and Saturday and Sunday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific time.

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