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SF Costco Location Recalls Rotisserie Chicken Products for Salmonella

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today that Costco’s El Camino Real store in San Francisco is recalling more than 9,000 rotisserie chicken units – more than 39,000 pounds of chicken products – for potential Salmonella Heidelberg contamination in connection with the Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak.

According to a press release, the products were sold directly to consumers in a Costco located at 1600 El Camino Real in San Francisco, CA, between Sept. 11 and 23, 2013.

Products subject to recall are:

  • 8,730 “Kirkland Signature Foster Farms” rotisserie chickens
  • 313 total units of “Kirkland Farm” rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad

The recall announcement came after a group of individuals who fell ill with Salmonella Heidelberg infections reported that they had eaten rotisserie chicken products prepared in, and purchased at, the Costco El Camino Real store.

Epidemiologic and traceback investigations by FSIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Mateo Public Health Department revealed the link between the Costco rotisserie chicken products and the Foster Farms Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak.

Strains of Salmonella Heidelberg associated with the outbreak are known to be resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV or undergoing chemotherapy.

The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within eight to 72 hours. Additional symptoms may be chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

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  • Chicken Little

    This is a testimony to Ron Foster’s political clout and the fecklessness of the USDA and the CDPH.

  • Ms. Pat

    Hmmm. All the more reason nowadays to cook one’s own chicken (and other meat) and test whether it’s fully cooked to 160 degrees with a meat thermometer. For the first time I bought a meat thermometer last week.

  • J T

    Obviously, Costco does not practice the most fundamental of food safety practices: AVOID CROSS CONTAMINATION. The cooking process 100% destroyed the Salmonella, BUT then Costco RE-CONTAMINATED the chicken AFTER it was cooked. All Costco raw-meat cooking should be shut down IMMEDIATELY and thoroughly re-evaluated for their lack of proper sanitary processes!

  • hugo a

    I’m still sick from all their chicken

  • mack

    Its easy to cut corners when theres Lack of food safety training.

  • george

    all this hype ends if -HELLO PEOPLE COOK THEIR CHICKEN-
    Foster Farms sells chicken-it naturally has somanella -hence why you cooked it!

    • J T

      HELLO George… the costco rotisserie chicken WAS cooked!

      • Uni San

        COSTCO is known within the retail industry as having one of the best meat handling protocols in the business. The margin of error on ready-to-eat product is so slim, it only takes one worker to pick up a cloth and wipe down a surface without adequate sanitizer coverage or wrong concentration, and you put a whole bunch of skewered birds on that surface after removing them from the rotisserie – big problems. The sanitizer application method needs to be so robust, that it makes this possibility nil.

      • Shirley Humann Shanahan

        NOT LONG ENOUGH. There never should be any ‘pink’ when you are ready to eat chicken. PERIOD!

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  • Biotech

    Costco DOES NOT cook the rotisserie chicken fully as they did before. It is in need of longer cook times as they are trying to push as many out as possible these days, it finally is catching up along with the help of Foster Farms, stay away