Chicken salad from Costco reportedly has been linked to cases of E. coli in four states.
Details about the contaminated products
According to Seattle’s KIRO-TV and The Denver Post, the product, labeled ‘Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken’ with item No. 37719, has been connected with at least one case of E. coli in Washington state, four cases in Colorado, and others in Montana and Utah. Those who bought the chicken salad are being told to discard it, The Associated Press reports.
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The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating the illnesses, which were linked to chicken salad purchased last month. The Denver Post said the Colorado patients, who have been treated and recovered, bought the chicken salad Oct. 25-26 and got sick Oct. 28-Nov. 3. The Washington patient, who reportedly got sick in late October, was not hospitalized, according to the AP.
In addition to the CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.
E. coli bacteria can cause dehydration, diarrhea, cramps and, in some cases, kidney failure, the USDA reports. If you start feeling the symptoms, which usually take two to eight days to develop, contact a health care professional.