Does your pre-made chicken Caesar salad come with a side of E. coli?

  1. coli (Escherichia coli), is a kind of bacteria that usually lives in your intestines. It’s also found in the gut of a few animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently announced a critical investigation related to an E. coli infection that’s sickened around 20 people in eight states. The source of the infection has not been determined; however, approximately nine people in Maryland reported consuming pre-made chicken caesar salad before getting infected. The salads were bought from various restaurants and food joints, as per the Maryland Department of Health. The salads were ready to eat pack, and Chicken was raised without Antibiotics as per a statement from Bonduelle Fresh Americas, the company that makes the salads.

For additional info, most types of E. coli bacteria that live in our intestines are safe and even help to keep your digestive tract healthy. But some strains can cause diarrhea if you eat unhygienic food or drink fouled water. It can also come from eating raw or semi-cooked ground beef, for instance, hamburger or drinking raw milk. The bacteria are usually found in animal feces, mostly cattle feces, and contact with the feces can lead to contamination of several types of fluids and food. Investigators are trying to understand if the E. coli found in the salad is hereditarily similar to the E. coli making people ill, which would show that the salad is the primary source. Patients residing in the seven other states affected by the epidemic, viz., California, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, Montana, and Wisconsin, did not originally report eating this salad.

However, no deaths have been reported yet, but around five people have been hospitalized. Two developed a condition known as ‘hemolytic uremic syndrome,’ which is a kind of kidney failure. As per the senior nutritionist, people should not eat or sell the pre-made salads without a “best by” date. If you have this salad in your home, throw it away, and it is recommended to make fresh salads at home to avoid infection.


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