It seems like E. coli is affecting all of America's favorite places. Outbreaks have hit Chipotle, Costco, and now even Starbucks isn't immune. The coffee chain is recalling a panini from stores on the West Coast after an ingredient tested positive for E. coli.
A celery and onion diced blend produced at Taylor Farms Pacific in California tested positive for E. coli in Montana recently. That blend was being used in a Costco chicken salad, and 19 people have been sickened from eating it.
Starbucks used the same celery for its Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Paninis, which are now being recalled "out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration said in a news release. According to the FDA, the recall affects paninis sold in California, Oregon, and Nevada between November 20 and November 28. That affects 1,347 different Starbucks locations, but Bloomberg reports that there have been no reports of illness from eating the sandwiches.
Escheria coli bacteria live in your intestines, and though it's usually harmless, some of them can cause illness, including stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Most people get better within a week, but children, elderly people, and other people with compromised immune systems are at risk for life-threatening infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The celery recall also affects prepared foods sold at stores like Albertsons, Safeway, and Costco. Check out the FDA's full announcement to see if it affects any products you have at home.
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