Starbucks turkey paninis have been linked to an E.Coli contamination, it has recently been announced.
The popular coffeehouse chain has recalled this food item from its menu across 1,347 stores across the United States. The states that have been affected are Nevada, California and Oregon, according to Erin Jane Schaeffer, spokesperson for the Starbucks location in Seattle.
Apparently, no other areas are vulnerable to this recent food scare, and so far no illnesses triggered by the Escherichia coli bacteria have been identified, but company representatives have decided it was best to enact this voluntary recall, as a preventive measure.
The E.Coli strain that might be present in the Starbucks turkey sandwiches with an “enjoy-by” date of November 27 and November 28 is the same as the one that has been found in Costco rotisserie chicken salad a week ago.
At the time, it was determined that the ingredient that had been tainted was a celery and onion mix, which caused 19 people who had consumed the items to require medical care, after contracting E.Coli.
Apparently, celery included in the cranberry cornbread stuffing from the Starbucks Holiday Turkey Panini has also been contaminated with E.Coli.
Taylor Farms Pacific Inc, which is considered to be the biggest producer of fresh-cut veggies in the world, had supplied the same celery and onion diced blend to several stores, such as 7-Eleven, Costco, King Sooper, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Raley’s, Savemart, Tony’s, Sam’s Club and Pantry.
Once the E.Coli strain was identified by the Montana Department of Health in the celery mix from Costco Rotisserie Chicken Salad which infected consumers across 7 states, Taylor Farms Pacific had no choice but to issue a recall concerning all the products containing such leafy greens, including Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini.
Customers who have already consumed such items and are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea or abdominal cramps are advised to contact a physician immediately, especially since this particular strain is considered quite virulent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
While the bacteria is normally easily treatable with antibiotics, it poses significant risk for immunocompromised patients, young kids under the age of 5, and elderly people, who might experience potentially life-threatening kidney failure (haemolytic uremic syndrome).
7-eleven has also revealed that it would recall the “fresh-to-go Bistro snack tray” containing tainted celery, and it is expected that similar announcements would be made by the other companies that had been supplied with this potentially dangerous ingredient.
E.Coli outbreaks have been in the news recently, especially following a similar contamination which affected the Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant chain.
45 people who had dined at Chipotle locations in Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, California, Ohio and New York developed E.coli infections, 16 of them requiring immediate hospitalization.
43 outlets were voluntarily closed in Seattle and Portland while thorough inspections were being conducted, but the actual ingredient which had been infected with the perilous bacteria hasn’t been identified.
In the meantime, locations have re-opened, following extensive cleaning and sanitation, during which all the food items have been discarded and replaced.
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