Major Retailers Recall Celery Products Amid Multistate E. Coli Outbreak

Amid an E. coli outbreak linked to the celery used in Costco's chicken salad, which has sickened at least 19 people across several states, the FDA has recalled celery and products containing celery from several national retailers.

Last week, a voluntary recall of products containing celery was issued by Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. of Tracy, California, after a diced blend of celery and onions from the company, used in Costco's rotisserie chicken salad, tested positive for the presence of E.Coli. A total of 71 products were recalled. The FDA is currently investigating the outbreak that has been confirmed in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. 

Walmart, Safeway, Costco, 7-11, Safeway, Vons, Target, Sam's Club, and Walmart are among the major grocery chains to be involved in the recall. Of the 19 people affected by the outbreak, five have been reported hospitalized and there have been two reports of a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the FDA. No deaths have been reported.