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Arizona, California, Texas and Washington E. coli Outbreak

The CDC announced as of November 19, 2013, a total of 32 persons infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 have been reported from four states.

The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), California (27), Texas (1), and Washington (3).

32% of ill persons have been hospitalized. Two ill persons have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and no deaths have been reported.

The STEC O157:H7 PFGE pattern combination in this outbreak is new to the PulseNet database.

Epidemiologic and traceback investigations conducted by local, state, and federal officials indicate that consumption of 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 Trader Joe’s grocery store locations, are one likely source of this outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections.

On November 10, 2013, Glass Onion Catering voluntarily recalled numerous ready-to-eat salads and sandwich wrap products that may be contaminated with STEC O157:H7.

Read the list of recalled products regulated by USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Read the list of recalled products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).