RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - More than 90 tons of ready-to-eat salads and sandwiches by a California catering company are being recalled after 26 people in three states were sickened by a bacterial strain of E. coli linked to its products, federal health officials said Sunday.
Richmond-based Glass Onion Catering are recalling approximately 181,620 pounds of salads and sandwich wraps containing cooked chicken and ham, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said.
The recall lists Walgreens, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods as companies that received the items.
The products were produced between Sept. 23 and Nov. 6, and were shipped to distribution centers in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Texas. The Contra Costa Times reports the company supplies food to Trader Joe's, Super Fresh Goods and Delish.
Products regulated by FSIS bear the establishment number "P-34221" inside the USDA mark of inspection. FSIS products subject to recall include:
- 12 oz. packages of "delish pan pacific chop salad
- 13.4 oz. packages of "delish California style grilled chicken salad
- 9.9 oz. packages of "delish uncured applewood smoked ham & cheese wrap
- 10.5 oz. packages of "delish grilled chicken caesar wrap" - 10.9 oz. packages of "delish southwestern chicken wrap
- 11.5 oz. packages of "delish greek brand low-calorie grilled chicken wrap
- 9.9 oz. packages of "delish white chicken club wrap
- 11.2 oz. packages of "delish asian style chicken wrap
- 13.4 oz. packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Southwestern Style White Chicken Wrap with Chimichurri Sauce
- 10.5 oz. packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Asian Style White Chicken Wrap with Mango Vinaigrette
- 9.9 oz. packages of "atherstone Fine Foods Grilled White Chicken Caesar Wrap with Caesar Dressing
- 10.7 oz. packages of "super fresh Foods California Grilled Chicken Salad, Low Fat Mendocino Mustard Dressing
- 10.7 oz. packages of "Lunch Spot Southwestern Style Chicken Wrap, Chile & Lime Dressing
- 9.2 oz. packages of "super fresh Foods Pan Pacific Chopped Chicken Salad, Ginger Soy Dressing
- 10.7 oz. plastic containers of "TRADER JOE'S Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken.
- 11 oz. plastic containers of "TRADER JOE'S MEXICALI SALAD with Chili Lime Chicken.
The FSIS said it began monitoring a cluster of illnesses involving E. coli O157:H7 on Oct. 29 and then was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that California authorities had reported people sickened from eating pre-packaged salads with grilled chicken.
In Washington, three people who were sickened with the bacterium told investigators they ate ready-to-eat salads from Trader Joe's, said Tim Church, a spokesman with the state's Department of Health.
The FSIS says the bacteria can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days after being exposed to it. While most people recover within a week, some develop kidney failure.