Three types of ready-to-eat salad sold in Trader Joe's stores, including Medford, have been pulled from the shelves following a California company's recall of food products that could contain E. coli bacteria.
Glass Onion Catering, of Richmond, Calif., recalled 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps with fully cooked chicken and ham that may have been contaminated with the bacteria. The Contra Costa Times reported the company supplies foods to Trader Joe's Super Fresh Goods and Delish. Products from the company were shipped to distribution centers for retail sale in Oregon, Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Washington.
Trader Joe's Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken with "use-by" dates through Nov. 15 have been pulled in stores across those states, according to traderjoes.com. Its Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken with the same "use-by" dates also have been pulled from shelves in Northern California and northern Nevada, the website said.
"In accordance with our stringent health and safety standards, and as an extreme precaution, all of the potentially affected product has been removed from sale and destroyed," the company said in a statement.
Customers who have purchased the items should not consume them. Those who return the products will receive a full refund, the company said.
The recall stems from a U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service monitoring of a cluster of E.coli-related illnesses. Twenty-six cases were identified in California, Washington and Arizona, with 15 victims reporting they had consumed pre-packaged salads prior to onset of symptoms. No cases have been reported in Oregon thus far. An investigation led authorities to Glass Onion Catering.
Several types of ready-to-eat salads and wraps and salad kids sold in Northern California Walgreens and Whole Foods with "best buy" dates through Nov. 14 also have been recalled as a precaution, the Food and Drug Administration reported.
Those products include the Delish Greek Style Orzo Salad, Delish Asian Style Noodle Salad, and Delish Vegetarian Wrap — sold at Northern California Walgreens — the Southwestern and Wheat Berry Salad kits sold at Northern California Whole Foods, and the Trader Joe's Classic Greek Salad sold in Northern California and northern Nevada.
E. coli can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Most people affected by the bacterium will recover within a week, but kidney failure can result in extreme cases.
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