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7-Eleven Involved in FDA Celery Recall

DALLAS — A recent recall of celery from a California supplier has been extended to include more retailers, including 7-Eleven Inc.

On Nov. 26, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, Calif., announced the recall of several products containing celery over E.coli contamination concerns. The initial recall targeted products sold at Costco, but has now been expanded to roughly 18 states and more than 155,000 products sold at retailers including 7-Eleven, Walmart, Safeway, Albertsons, Starbucks, Target and Vons.

Specifically at 7-Eleven, the FDA recall covers the Fresh To Go Bistro Snack 1/7.5oz Tray, which sells for $4.29 at the chain's stores in several western states, according to the agency. The product was sold in stores in California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon and Colorado. It carried the use by dates of Nov. 20 to Dec. 1.

At the time of the initial recall last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said as of Nov. 23, 19 people were infected with the outbreak strain in seven states, with the majority of illnesses reported from states in the western United States. Five people had been hospitalized, and two had developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The Montana Public Health Laboratory tested a sample of a celery and onion diced blend collected from a Costco store. This product was used to make the Costco rotisserie chicken salad eaten by ill people in this outbreak. Preliminary results indicated the presence of the E.coli strain, according to the CDC. Laboratory testing is ongoing.

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