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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
E Coli

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

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”

• 11.5 oz. packages of “delish greek brand

low-calorie grilled chicken wrap”

• 9.9 oz. packages of “delish white chicken

club wrap”

• 11.2 oz. packages of “delish asian style

chicken wrap”

• 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

Vinaigrette”

• 9.9 oz. packages of “atherstone Fine Foods

Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with

Caesar Dressing”

• 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

Dressing”

• 10.7 oz. plastic containers of “TRADER JOE’S

Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled

Chicken.”

• 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.