Urgent consumer notice: The CDC has linked a dangerous E. coli outbreak to Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad. This particular strain is very dangerous, producing Shiga toxin. Nineteen people have been affect, five of whom are in the hospital, two with kidney failure. If you bought the rotisserie chicken salad on or before November 20, DO NOT EAT IT! THROW IT AWAY IMMEDIATELY! This outbreak covers seven states and the CDC has issued the warning to customers shopping at ANY U.S. Costco location.
URGENT NOTICE: The Center for Disease Control announced on Tuesday, November 24 that there has been an E. coli outbreak linked to Costo’s rotisserie chicken salad. If you or anyone you know bought Costco’s rotisserie chicken salad on or before Friday, November 20, THROW IT AWAY! DO NOT EAT IT! Costco rotisserie chicken salad E. coli outbreak life-threatening!
According to the CDC, at least 19 people from California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington have become ill due to E. coli. The agency is advising people who bought the rotisserie chicken salad on or before Friday, November 20 at ANY U.S. COSTCO LOCATION to immediately throw it away, even if they’ve already eaten some of it and not become sick.
There are different strains of E. coli, some more dangerous than others. Unfortunately, the particular strain contaminating the Costco rotisserie chicken salad is one of the most dangerous ones. It produces Shiga toxin and can cause fatal infections.
The CDC advises that five people have already been hospitalized due to this outbreak. Two of those people are experiencing a certain type of kidney failure commonly associated with this strain of E. coli. No deaths have yet been reported.
State health officials have joined the CDC’s investigative efforts. So far, they have not come to any conclusion as to which ingredient in the rotisserie chicken salad is the source of the outbreak. The salad is made and sold in Costco stores nationwide.
It’s very important to note that this is NOT in any way related to the recent E. coli outbreak connected to Chipotle that sickened 40 customers.
Bill Marler, a Seattle-based lawyer representing those affected by the Chipotle outbreak, said that even though people were hospitalized in that case, none experienced kidney failure. Mr. Marler made a point that the Costco outbreak underscores the necessity of food safety.
He said, “Costco has always been a leader in food safety at retail, it just goes to show you how important controlling your supply chain is.”