Over 97,000 Pounds of Pre-Made Salad Recalled Due to E. coli Outbreak

Everyone loves Caesar salad because, despite its high calorie reputation, you can tell yourself that it's healthy. But now, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is squashing our clean eating dreams and recalling thousands of pre-made chicken Caesar salads. 

On Wednesday, the CDC announced an E. coli outbreak that has sickened several people across eight states and, according to the Maryland Department of Health, a salad sold at Sam's Club may be to blame. The Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad was pulled from store shelves by Bonduelle Fresh Americas. The salads have a "best by" date of October 31, 2019.

They're not the only culprit, though. The USDA released a statement on Thursday warning customers that 97,000 pounds of Missa Bay LLC. pre-made salads, which are sold at Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, Aldi, and Domino's Pizza, are also being recalled. The department has classified the risk as "high." The products in question were produced between October 14, 2019 and October 16, 2019. They contain an "EST. 18502B" label inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

"We take the safety and integrity of the products we sell very seriously. The two products ALDI sold that were included in this recall, Little Salad Bar Chicken Caesar Salad and Little Salad Bar Santa Fe Style Salad, had been removed from our shelves already and they are past their use-by dates," Aldi said in an official statement. "All of the products currently on our shelves are safe to eat If customers still have the products mentioned in the recall with a use by date prior to November 2, 2019, they should not consume them and should discard them immediately or return them to their local store for a full refund."

Seventeen people have reported E. coli illnesses across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Washington, and Wisconsin. Seven have been hospitalized as a result. So if you're experiencing either diarrhea or vomiting, maybe hit up your doc just to be safe. Per ABC News, officials are investigating whether the Ready Pac and Missa Bay salads have related strands of the disease. 

Guess it's back to pizza and burgers. Darn. 

h/tNBC News 

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