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Recall of the Week: Ready-to-eat salads, wraps due to E. coli contamination

Glass Onion Catering of Richmond, Calif., is recalling more than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and wraps because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The recalled items were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, 2013 and shipped to distribution centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Texas. Retailers selling the products are Walgreens, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.

 

Twenty-six people were identified in three states with E. coli O157:H7 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said.

The FSIS and company are concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators. The FSIS advises consumers to destroy the products.

The company said that the products are being recalled along with other foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

A full list of itemsts being recalled will be available on FDA’s website at: www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Recalls/default.htm.

Consumers with questions can contact Tom Atherstone, company president, at 510-236-8905 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrhea illness that often has bloody stools. Although most healthy adults recover in a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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