Heads up--if you have recently purchased a pre-made salad or sandwich wrap from Trader Joe's, you may want to think twice before eating it. Due to an E. coli outbreak, Trader Joe's and other stores have recalled certain pre-made items that may contain contaminated chicken or ham. Approximately 90 tons of food has been recalled and 26 people in three states have gotten sick from it so far.
Trader Joe's isn't the only company affected by the E. coli outbreak. Athertone Foods, the company that provides the items, also provided the food to Walgreens and Whole Foods. These companies have issued recalls as well. The FSIS began monitoring the situation when a cluster of E. coli outbreaks was brought to their attention at the end of October and all of the sick people had consumed pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken.
Read below for a list of items under the recall.
Walgreen's Delish Greek Style Orzo Salad (6.oz) Clam Shell, UPC 49022 74630
Walgreen's Delish Asian Style Noodle Salad (6. oz) Clam Shell, UPC 49022 74628
Walgreen's Delish Vegetarian Wrap (11.3oz) Cellophane, UPC 49022 55349
Trader Joe's Classic Greek Salad (9. oz) Clam Shell, UPC 0083 5794
Whole Foods Southwestern Salad Kit
Whole Foods Wheat Berry Salad Kit
As far as the Trader Joe's recall is concerned, the recalled products were sold in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Trader Joe's has specifically listed their Mexicali Brand Salad with Chili Lime Chicken (SKU 97216), Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken (SKU 99050) and Classic Greek Salad (SKU 83579) as being recalled on their website. Trader Joe's says that all of their recalled items have "USE BY" dates of 10/01/13 through 11/15/13.
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Trader Joe's is offering full refunds to anyone who purchased the contaminated products. If you did eat the food under the recall, watch out for the following symptoms of E. coli: diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting. Contact your doctor if symptoms are severe; E. coli can be deadly, but most adults recover within a week.[Image via Facebook]