Southland residents who purchased rotisserie chicken
salad from Costco on or before Friday should throw it out, federal health
officials warned today, saying 19 people in seven states have been infected by
E. coli that may be linked to the product.
One of the cases is in California, although the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention did not provide specifics about where in the state the
person was infected.
The other cases were reported in Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah,
Virginia and Washington. Five people had to be hospitalized, and two developed
kidney failure, according to the CDC.
“On November 20, 2015, Costco reported to public health officials that
the company had removed all remaining rotisserie chicken salad from all stores
in the United States and stopped further production of the product until
further notice,” according to the CDC.
Health officials said anyone who purchased the product should throw it
away. It has a typical shelf life of three days and is labeled “Chicken Salad
made with Rotisserie Chicken,” with item number 37719 on the label.
Investigators have not yet identified what ingredient may have caused
the infection, but the chicken salad has been identified as “a likely source
of this outbreak.”