E. Coli Breakout Causes Panic in Starbucks as it Pulls out Turkey Sandwich Off its Shelves
The new E. Coli outbreak in US is making the food retailers nervous as they try to control the situation. As reported by Bloomberg, the coffee chain has been removing the turkey paninis from its 1,347 locations across United States following the outbreak. It is reportedly hit by the same pressure as was faced by Costco. The sandwiches were sold at Starbucks as part of the special menu for the Thanksgiving holiday. Most of these sandwiches have been pulled from stores in Oregon, California and Nevada where no illnesses have been reported yet and the overall market remains unaffected.
Morning Ticker says, the problem of E. Coli stems from celery found in the sandwich's cranberry cornbread stuffing. It is this ingredient that caused 19 people in 7 states to be affected by the diseases, said Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacteria found in the mix of chicken and celery sold at Costco was the prime reason for the condition. This led to Taylor Farms Pacific to recall celery products from its stores that included the sandwiches sold at the Starbucks.
Many big chains have been suffering due to the E. Coli outbreak and were forced to recall celery based items from their menu. Amongst Starbucks, others to face big problems include Chipotle Mexican Grill and Costco. Total of 45 customers have fallen sick as a result of E. Coli and health officials are still unsure as to what is causing the illness. E. Coli is a potentially deadly condition that causes intense risk to the elderly and the very young people whose immune systems are compromised. While most strains of E. Coli are not very dangerous but some can cause problems such as abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fatigue, gas, nausea and fever, reports Morning Ticker.