Trader Joe’s, Walgreens, Whole Foods named in E.Coli recall
by Associated Press
Posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
RICHMOND, Calif. — 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.
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 recall lists Walgreens, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods as companies that received the items.
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 the company supplies food to Trader Joe’s, Super Fresh Goods and Delish.
Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number “P-34221″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS products subject to recall include:
- 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”
Bagged salads suspected in multistate E coli outbreak
Nov 11, 2013
Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to prepackaged salads made by a California firm and sold in some western-state Trader Joe’s stores that has so far sickened 26 people in three states.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that public health investigators are using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and data from PulseNet, a national subtyping network to detect other infections that may be part of the outbreak. The CDC said the outbreak strain’s PFGE pattern has never been seen before in PulseNet.
In addition to the CDC, groups investigating the outbreak include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and health officials from three states reporting cases so far: California, Arizona, and Washington. So far most of the cases have been reported from California (22), with Washington reporting 3 and Arizona reporting 1.
The USDA said it started monitoring a cluster of E coli O157:H7 illnesses on Oct 29, then was notified by the FDA on Nov 6 that California health officials had reported patients who got sick after eating prepackaged salads that contained grilled chicken.
So far the investigation points to two ready-to-eat salads produced by Glass Onion Catering, based in Richmond, Calif., and sold at Trader Joe’s stores as one likely source of the outbreak. More efforts are under way to determine the source of the contamination and flag other tainted products that are still in the marketplace.
Yesterday the company recalled 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated, according to a notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products also include food regulated by the FDA, which posted a list of recalled products and other information on the outbreak.
FSIS-regulated products include 15 different kinds of grilled chicken salads, grilled chicken wraps, plus one type of ham-and-cheese wrap. The items were produced between Sep 23 and Nov 6 and were shipped to distribution centers for retail sale in eight western states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.