There's an E. coli scare at Starbucks now, too

E. Coli Recall Linked to Celery Expands to More Stores

Bad celery just couldn't be satisfied with ruining all of Costco's chicken salad: The FDA grimly reports that as many as 155,000 food items containing the veggie could be carrying E. coli as well, mostly stuff like salad kits and and deli foods. But one item you might actually have eaten in the last week is Starbucks's Holiday Turkey & Stuffing Panini. Celery in the cranberry-cornbread stuffing has forced Starbucks to toss out more than 45,000 of them at 1,347 cafés in California, Oregon, and Nevada.

Starbucks says that nobody has reported getting sick yet. Still, 19 people in seven states have been infected by the tainted celery, and the massive recall has expanded to cover products at most of the major grocery chains (Walmart, Sam's Club, Albertsons, Safeway), plus 7-Eleven, Target, and quite a few other places across more than a dozen states. For the time being, best to get your roughage someplace else.

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There's an E. coli scare at Starbucks now, too
BOSTON - AUGUST 23: Colony of E. coli cells are grown in the synthetic biology lab at Harvard Medical School in Boston on Tuesday, August 23 2011. (Photo by Wendy Maeda/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ELIOT, ME - MAY 26: Kyler Dove, a seventh grader at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot, stops to take a drink from one of the 11,520 water bottles donated to the school Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Cumberland Farms. Home Depot and Hannaford have also made donations to the school as it manages the current E coli scare. (Photo by Jill Brady/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - MAY 23: A shopper looks for bottled water on nearly empty shelves at a New Seasons Supermarket May 23, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Oregon health officials ordered Portland to issue a boil-water alert after three separate samples tested positive for E. coli, a bacterium that can cause severe gastrointestinal illness. (Photo by Natalie Behring/Getty Images)
Jack Kurtz, 10, right, and mother Paula Gillett pose for portrait in their Rockford, Illinois home, November 5, 2009. Jack recovered from a food-borne illness last year. The source of the E. coli that hospitalized him was never determined. (Photo by Lane Christiansen/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Madison Sedbrook, 6, right, and her mother Cindy are in their home at Highlands Ranch on Tuesday. Madison's parents are suing because she got e coli from eating raw cookie dough recalled by Nestle. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post (Photo By Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 21: A BJ's Wholesale Club awaits customers on February 21, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, the giant wholesaler announced a voluntary recall of prepackaged Wellsley Farms mushrooms, due to possible trace amounts of E.coli. No cases of the illness have been reported. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)


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