by in E. Coli, Escherichia Coli (E. coli)

On December 2, 2015, Starbucks issued a recall of more than 45,000 Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Warm Sandwiches after concerns arose that they may be contaminated with E. coli. These sandwiches are being recalled as a result of Taylor Farms celery products being associated with an outbreak of E. coli that has affected 7 states. The affected product was sold in 7.7 ounce packaging, and is labeled with a sell by date between 11/20/15 and 11/28/15. These sandwiches were sold in California, Nevada, and Oregon.

This recall is on the heels of the outbreak and subsequent recall associated with more than 71 Taylor Farms celery products. The outbreak was first announced by the CDC on November 24, 2015, and so far has sickened 19 people. Taylor Farms issued its recall on November 26.

E. coli is a family of bacteria that is found in a variety of places and environments. While most strains of the bacteria are harmless, some strains of the bacteria can cause infection in humans. Symptoms can appear between 3 and 10 days after infection, and may include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. E. coli infections can be very serious. The infection may cause a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS damages red blood cells, which in turn can cause kidney damage or failure. If you or a loved one begins to show the symptoms of E. coli poisoning, contact a medical professional.