Costco Wholesale Corp.’s rotisserie chicken salad was linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people in Missouri and six other states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The outbreak has sent five people to the hospital, with two developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, the CDC said. There have been no deaths reported, the agency said. In Missouri, only one case was reported.
The evidence suggests that the chicken salad was the likely source of the outbreak, though the specific ingredient hasn’t been identified, the CDC said. Almost 90 percent of the people purchased or ate the dish in the week before their illnesses.
Costco said last week that it had removed the item from U.S. stores and stopped further production.