Celery recall at grocery stores over E. Coli concern

Celery recall at grocery stores over E. Coli concern

E. Coli is a type of bacteria that lives in the intestines. While most types of E. Coli are completely safe, there are some that can cause illness.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

The worst type of E. coli, known as E. coli O157:H7, causes bloody diarrhea and can sometimes cause kidney failure and even death. E. coli O157:H7 makes a toxin called Shiga toxin and is known as a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC).  There are many other types of STEC, and some can make you just as sick as E. coli O157:H7.”

There have been a few recent E. Coli outbreaks lately, including one involving Chipotle, and one linked to chicken salad in Costco.

The scare continues to spread in light of a new celery recall at grocery stores over E. Coli concern. The major grocery stores involved in the recall include Walmart, Costco, and Safeway.

The E. Coli outbreak has now expanded to dozens of states, according to a press release from Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. in Tracy, California. Last week, Taylor recalled a large number of celery products “out of an abundance of caution,” according to its press release.

As written in the FDA statement:

Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.”

The FDA statement also lists the products that were recalled.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Concern Over E.Coli Outbreak Leads to Celery Recall at Major Grocery Stores.” ABC News. ABC News Network, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.
2. “Taylor Farms Pacific, Inc. Recalls Celery Products Because Of Possible Health Risk.” FDA.gov. U.S. Food and Drug Administration, n.d. Web. 08 Dec. 2015.

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