Grilled chicken salad, other items, recalled after E. coli outbreak
Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Admistration
OW Staff Writer | 11/14/2013, midnight
Glass Onion Catering, a Richmond, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week.
The company announced that the products are being recalled in conjunction with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A full list of products being recalled will be available on FDA’s website at: www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm.
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
• 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
• 10.9 oz. packages of “delish southwestern
• 11.5 oz. packages of “delish greek brand
low-calorie grilled chicken wrap”
• 9.9 oz. packages of “delish white chicken
• 11.2 oz. packages of “delish asian style
• 13.4 oz. packages of “atherstone Fine
Foods Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap
with Chimichurri Sauce”
• 10.5 oz. packages of “atherstone Fine Foods
Asian Style White Chicken Wrap with Mango
• 9.9 oz. packages of “atherstone Fine Foods
Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with
• 10.7 oz. packages of “super fresh Foods
California Grilled Chicken Salad, Low Fat
Mendocino Mustard Dressing”
• 10.7 oz. packages of “Lunch Spot Southwestern
Style Chicken Wrap, Chile & Lime Dressing”
• 9.2 oz. packages of “super fresh Foods Pan
Pacific Chopped Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy
• 10.7 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S
Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled
• 11 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOSÉ’S
MEXICALI SALAD with Chili Lime Chicken.”
The products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013 and shipped to distributions centers intended for retail sale in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
FSIS began monitoring a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on Oct. 29, 2013 then was notified by FDA on Nov. 6, 2013 that California authorities had reported case-patients consuming pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken. FSIS has determined that there is a link between the grilled chicken salads and the illness cluster. Twenty-six case-patients have been identified in three states with indistinguishable E. coli O157:H7 PFGE (genetic fingerprint) patterns with illness onset dates ranging from Sept 29, 2013 to Oct. 26, 2013. Based on epidemiological information, 15 case-patients reported consumption of ready-to-eat pre-packaged salads prior to illness onset. A traceback investigation determined Glass Onion Catering was the supplier of the products implicated in the outbreak.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days (3-4 days, on average) after exposure to the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
Media and consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Tom Atherstone, company president, at (510) 236-8905.