CDC says at least 19 E. coli infections linked to Costco chicken salad

Shoppers are pictured outside a Costco Wholesale store in Los Angeles, California March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Shoppers are pictured outside a Costco Wholesale store in Los Angeles, California March 6, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

A minimum of 19 individuals in 7 states might have been contaminated by E. coli after consuming rotisserie chicken salad cost Costco Wholesale Corp’s (COST.O) shops, the united state Centers for Illness Control and Prevention stated on Tuesday.

5 individuals have actually been hospitalized. No deaths have actually been reported, however 2 people established hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, a kind of kidney failure that can result in long-term organ damage.

The infections have actually been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia and Washington, CDC stated.

The existing variety of HUS cases is two times exactly what is typically seen with E. coli O157: H7, the pathogen determined in the break out, stated Bill Marler, a Seattle food security lawyer who represents individuals upset by tainted food.

“This informs me that the variety of ill is most likely going to rise due to the fact that the HUS cases are simpler to track,” Marler stated.

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Fourteen of 16 individuals consumed or got rotisserie chicken salad from Costco in the week prior to the health problem began, however the component connected to the infection has actually not been recognized, the CDC stated.

Costco stated it stopped offering the chicken salad on Nov. 20, the very same day it was alerted by federal health authorities that it was connected to cases of E. coli, stated Craig Wilson, vice president of food security at Costco.

E. coli O157: H7 can trigger major disease and is maybe usually connected with a 1993 break out that killed 4 youngsters who consumed undercooked hamburgers at Jack in the Box dining establishments.

Costco in 2014 was connected to a salmonella break out due to chicken items it offered in a minimum of 9 states. The infected chicken was provided to Costco by California-based Foster Poultry Farms. ( 1lIcHPf).

The present E. coli break out at Costco comes days after health authorities connected burrito chain Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N) to more than 40 cases of E. coli O26 gastrointestinal disorder in 6 states. No HUS nor deaths have actually been reported because case.

Costco’s shares shut down 1.3 percent at $162.19 after heavy trading on Tuesday and were down a little more in extended trading.