CDC Reports – E. coli Outbreak Linked to Ready-To-Eat Salads Sold At Trader Joe’s Appears To Be Over

On December 11, 2013, the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) issued its final update regarding an E. coli outbreak linked to eating Glass Onion’s Ready-to-Eat products sold by Trader Joe’s, indicating that the food poisoning outbreak appears to have ended.

According to the report, a total of 33 individuals across 4 states were infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7.  Seven of those sickened required hospitalization and two of those patients developed a complication known as HUS.  The number of confirmed outbreak cases by state was as follows: Arizona (1), California (28), Texas (1), and Washington (3).

Public health officials determined that two ready-to-eat salads, Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken and Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken, produced by Glass Onion Catering and sold at certain Trader Joe’s grocery stores was the likely source of the food poisoning outbreak.

On November 10, 2013, Glass Onion Catering, Richmond, CA, recalled approximately 181,620 lbs of its ready to eat salads, sandwich wraps, and sandwich wrap products with fully-cooked chicken and ham because the products had the potential to be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen E. coli O157:H7.

Because the safety of meats, poultry, and eggs for consumption is overseen by the USDA, and the safety of other foods is overseen by the FDA, consumers were required to check both the USDA and FDA websites for a complete listing of salads and wraps subject to the recall.  See Glass Onion Recall USDA and Glass Onion Recall FDA for a listing of the recalled products.

To learn more about the foodborne pathogen E. coli, please see About E. coli and E. coli Symptoms.

If you or a family member has suffered from E. coli food poisoning, and you have a question concerning your legal rights, you can request a free legal case evaluation from the Law Firm of Eric H. Weinberg by selecting, Food Poisoning Lawsuit or call us toll free at 877-934-6274.

Virginia health officials report Roos Foods Cheese sold at Megamart tests positive for Listeria.  See Listeria Outbreak Linked to Megamart Cheese for more information.


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