People who ate Starbucks's sausage, egg, and cheddar sandwich at certain locations last week may need to watch out: The company says it's learned the breakfast staple could be contaminated with listeria, and it's recalled it from 250 stores in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Anyone who bought one on either March 3 or March 4 and didn't eat it is encouraged to take it back for a refund (as bizarre as that is, in practicality).
Luckily, no illnesses have been reported yet, so the cautionary note here might be as much about food-borne illness as it is how fast-food-y Starbucks has become: The FDA indicates the recall wasn't technically the coffee chain's anyway because the SEC sandwich is manufactured by a Massachusetts food company called Progressive Gourmet, then shipped to stores to be heated up for "immediate consumption."
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Starbucks just recalled one of its breakfast sandwiches
In this Aug. 16, 2007 file photo, a worker harvests romaine lettuce in Salinas, Calif. Leafy green vegetables were the leading source of food poisoning over an 11-year period, federal health officials say, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. However, the most food-related deaths were from contaminated chicken and other poultry. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
Salmonella can enter tomatoes through cracks and bruises in the fruit's skin. (Photo via Getty Images)
Raw fish, like in sushi and sashimi, carries a risk of salmonella. (Photo via Getty Images)
Fermented foods such as soy sauce can be a breeding ground for flies if they are not covered properly. (Photo via Getty Images)
Raw or undercooked eggs are linked to salmonella. (Photo by Russel Wasserfall, Getty Images)
Many wild mushrooms are poisonous to humans; be cautious of where you get them from. (Photo by Adam Gault, Getty Images)
The seeds of many fruits contain toxins that can be poisonous if consumed. (Photo via Tetra Images/Getty Images)
Oysters have been linked to several illness outbreaks, as they are often consumed raw and can carry any viruses from the water they were in. (Photo via Getty Images)
Soft cheeses, like brie and feta, can carry listeria. (Photo via Getty Images)
Sprouts require humid conditions to grow, which can also spur bacteria growth. (Photo by Tom Grill via Getty Images)