FDA expands celery recall to include 155,000 items

Posted at 7:33 AM, Dec 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-02 08:14:28-05

RICHMOND, Va -- The Food and Drug Administration is expanding a celery recall prompted by an E. Coli scare. Now, it includes products sold in Central Virginia. The celery was produced by California-based Taylor Farms Pacific. The celery was found to be the cause of Costco's recall of chicken salad in November.

The newly-expanded recall now includes 155,000 items, including salad kits, vegetable trays, and other prepared foods. The products were sold at chains across the country, including Food Lion, Walmart, Costco, 7-Eleven and Target. So far, 19 people have fallen ill from E. Coli. One of them is in Virginia.

The products were primarily distributed in Western states, but stores in states including Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska and Hawaii are also affected. More than 45,000 Starbucks holiday turkey sandwiches distributed in California, Oregon and Nevada were also included.

Officials are continuing to investigate the outbreak. Chipotle was also hit with an E. coli scare in early November.

A list of items affected by the recall is on the FDA's website.