Costco’s recall of rotisserie chicken products from its El Camino Real store in San Francisco is larger than was originally announced five days ago, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Thursday.
The recall, originally issued on Oct. 12, concerns potential contamination with the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that may also be related to raw chickens from Foster Farms. The PFGE pattern (0258) associated with the outbreak is rarely seen in the United States.
FSIS, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Mateo Public Health Department, determined through epidemiologic and traceback investigations that there is a link between the Costco El Camino Real rotisserie chicken products and this illness outbreak.
At this time, it appears that the problem may be the result of cross-contamination after the cooking process in the preparation area. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, public health partners in California and Costco on the investigation. So far, the recalled products from Costco are not associated with any specific illness.
FSIS officials said the Costco recall was expanded to include 13,455 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens and 638 units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soups, leg quarters, and salads to the original recall of 9,043 units.
Costco sold the total of 23,136 rotisserie chicken products at the single location between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15, 2013.
FSIS Recommendations for Preventing Salmonellosis: