Salads and Wraps Recalled Due to Possible Contamination of E. coli O157:H7
Athertone Foods, Inc is recalling more than 180,000 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, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The company is based out of Richmond, California and shipped the ready-to-eat salads to distribution centers in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The salads were produced between September 23 and November 6, and have "P-34221" inside the USDA inspection mark. Many of the products are sold by Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and Walgreens, the FDA said.
Here's a full listing of the products involved in the recall:
• 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."
On November 6, 2013, USDA was notified by the Food and Drug Administration that authorities reported issues on the pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FDA and state authorities linked the E. coli strain to 26 patients in three states.
A full investigation is currently under way in order to identify any potential source of contamination. In the meantime, all retailers have been notified to cease selling these products from Atherstone Foods, Inc.
Consumers who purchased the contaminated products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or dispose of it. Consumers with questions may contact Atherstone Foods at (510) 236-8905 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm PST.
USDA said in a press release that E. coli O157:H7 is "uncommon" to find it in chicken.
"There have been some rare isolations of O157 reported but I am not aware of outbreaks," said Trevor Suslow, a food safety expert at the University of California, Davis. "From the outset it seems a bit more plausible that it may be a component ingredient that is common to all these salads."
E. coli O157:H7 can cause diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Although most healthy adults can recover within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products. In this outbreak more than 25% of people were hospitalized and two developed the syndrome, CDC said. No deaths have been reported.