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E. Coli Infections Prompt Recall of 90 Tons of Ready-to-Eat Salads

Nov 12, 2013

A California company has issued a recall on its ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads, and wraps that will force retailers to take about 90 tons of food off their shelves because of possible E. coli contamination.

The food poisoning outbreak was first reported by the Contra Costa Times, according to a report this week. The recall was issued by Richmond, Calif.-based Glass Onion Catering. Their action includes recalling about 181,620 pounds of its salads and sandwich wraps. So far, a total of 26 people living in three states—mostly in the West—have been confirmed as having a strain of E. coli infection.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) confirmed the presence of the bacteria in the food. The FSIS says that Glass Onion Catering’s cooked chicken and ham products are potentially contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Glass Onion Catering’s products were sold at Trader Joe’s, Super Fresh Goods, and Delish stores. The contaminated products were sent from Glass Onion Catering to distribution points in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas, before being sent to retail locations. Products affected by the recall were made between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, according to the report.

Based on our previous reports, E. coli infection can be endured by many of the people it impacts, though it could have life-threatening symptoms for some. Untreated E. coli infections, in some people, can develop into Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a type of potentially fatal kidney failure. reports that the outbreak was first noticed in California when several people became ill after eating salads from Trader Joe’s stores that contained grilled chicken pieces. Another three victims were identified in Washington state before federal health authorities issued the recall.

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