It’s getting hard out there for lovers of big burritos and bulk stores. According to Reuters, Costco is the latest company to be linked to a large E.coli outbreak. At least 19 people are sick after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco locations across seven states including California, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Missouri, Virginia, and Washington. Of those 19 people, five have been hospitalized so far, two of whom have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)—a type of kidney failure. There have been no deaths.
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Craig Wilson,the vice president of food safety at Costco, tells Reuters that the chain stopped selling the chicken salad on Nov. 20, the day it was notified by federal health official that the item “was linked to cases of E.coli.” Still, this is the second chicken-related outbreak Costco has had in recent years. Just last year, the bulk store was linked to a salmonella outbreak “caused by chicken products” it sold in nine states.
The news comes just days after it was revealed that Chipotle is linked to more than 45 cases of E. coli food poisoning across six states. However, the strain that has hit the burrito chain appears to be milder than the one affecting Costco’s chicken salad—no cases of HUS have been reported. Now maybe a good time to start thinking of lunch options that go beyond the burrito bowl and chicken salad sandwich.