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CDC Final Update: 19 Infections Linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad

The outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad appears to be over. According to the final report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 people across seven states were sickened. The most recent illness in this outbreak reported to CDC started on November 3, 2015. Most illnesses were reported… Continue Reading

Recalled Diced Celery and Onion Blend May Not Be E. Coli Source

Taylor Farms Pacific may have been a little too quick to recall its diced celery and onion blend over the Thanksgiving weekend. The latest U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) testing has been unable to confirm E. coli in the product. As of Nov. 23, 19 people have been infected with E. coli O157:H7, and epidemiological… Continue Reading

Retailers Remove Products With Celery Due to E. Coli Concerns

Costco, Target and Starbucks are some of the many retailers pulling products containing celery off the shelves because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Taylor Farms Pacific of Tracy, CA, is recalling certain products which may include celery which could potentially contain the pathogen. Last week, a sample of Celery and Onion Diced… Continue Reading

Chopped Onions and Celery Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

A California company is voluntarily recalling one day’s production of diced and slivered onions and a mix of diced onion and celery because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Gills Onions, LLC of Oxnard, CA issued the recall after it was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that a random… Continue Reading

Maryland Casualty Tries to Escape Listeria Judgment

The insurance company for San Antonio-based Sangar Fresh Cut Produce says its own fine print is enough to excuse it from paying a $1.1 million default judgment to the family of a man killed by Listeria-contaminated celery. Hermilo Castellanos, 81, was one of five people who died in Listeriosis outbreak last fall where 10 people… Continue Reading

Family of Listeria Victim Sues Sangar Produce

The widow of a man who died from a Listeria monocytogenes infection has sued Sangar Fresh Cut Produce in a Texas court. Elizabeth Castellano claims her husband, Hermillo Castellano, died as a result of eating contaminated celery from the San Antonio-based plant. According to the complaint, Castellano was in a hospital with a previous condition… Continue Reading

SanGar Court Date Cancelled, Closure Order Stands

A court date between SanGar Fresh Cut Produce and the Texas Department of State Health Services scheduled for today has been cancelled. “It means the closure order stands,” says Carrie Williams, the department’s press officer. The State of Texas closed the SanGar produce processing plant in San Antonio on Oct. 20 and State Health Services… Continue Reading

DeLauro: ‘Imperative’ to Fix Food Safety System

Reacting to recent news of illnesses caused by celery and cheese, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chairwoman of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture budgets, urged Congress to pass pending food safety legislation.  “Food safety is literally a matter of life and death–five people have died… Continue Reading