APB: CELERY recall

Yfact: 1 in 6 Americans (more than 48 million people) are sickened by the food they eat in this country each year…

Escherichia coli O157:H7 Celery Recall = Possible Health Risk

A vegetable producer from California, namely Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc., has expanded its recall on Celery and other food items containing Celery, according to the FDA. This recall is due to traces of a dangerous strain of the E. coli bacteria, which has sickened an estimated 19 people thus far in seven states. Most of the said illnesses have been reported in western states.

The celery was sold as part of an onion and celery mix and was first linked to E. coli with an outbreak in Rotisserie Chicken Salad at Costco stores. As of this week, the first week of December, the FDA expanded the recall to a dozen retail chains, in 16 states. California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Washington and Virginia are the states currently linked to the outbreak. The warning has now been expanded to include more than 155,000 items sold at several major grocery stores across the United States.

The FDA website has issued warnings about the Celery being sold, at the following stores: Walmart, Target, Sams Club, Tonys, Starbucks, Safeway, Vons, Albertsons, Savemart, Raleys, Pantry, King Scooper, Costco, 7-Eleven. The celery was used during the making of sandwiches, wraps, vegetable trays and cornbread stuffing during the Holiday and potentially contaminated many of the food items, including over 45,000 Starbucks Holiday Turkey Sandwiches.

Five people have been hospitalized due to the E. coli outbreak, and according the the CDC two patients have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a type of kidney failure, but no deaths have been reported as of yet.

The specific type of bacteria in this outbreak, E. coli O157, is particularly dangerous, especially for children, because it is more likely to cause this type of kidney failure, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which can leave survivors on dialysis.

Please stay posted on the latest updates with the CDC and FDA
If you or any of your family members are concerned about being sickened by the Celery in this recall, please call your doctor and take the patient to the Emergency Room.