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Costco Chicken Salad connected to E. coli in Washington

“Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” from Costco has been connected with at least one case of E. coli in Washington, according to the Washington Department of Health.

Consumers who purchased this product – item number 37719 – from any Washington Costco location should discard it.

“We take E. coli very seriously in Washington,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Scott Lindquist, “and we are working with CDC and state partners to determine the source.”

The Department of Health, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other western states, are investigating E. coli illnesses from chicken salad purchased from various Costco stores in late October.

Washington has confirmed one case of E. coli O157:H7 from King County, in a person who became ill in late October. The person was not hospitalized.

Others states with confirmed E. coli cases linked to Costco chicken salad include Colorado, Montana and Utah. In addition to CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with Costco to determine the source of the contamination.

People who have eaten this product and feel ill should consult their health care provider. If you have leftover product in your refrigerator or freezer, do not eat it — discard the product.

People usually get sick two to eight days after getting E. coli.


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