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Raley’s announces recall of products containing celery, onions

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Raley’s has announced the recall of several products containing celery and onions at its Raley’s, Bel Air and Nob Hill stores.

The recall coincides with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s announcement of a recall of celery products by Taylor Farms Inc. of Tracy because they may contain E. coli 0157:H7. A Taylor Farms news release, posted by the FDA, lists products sold by several other stores in California, including Costco, Save Mart, Safeway, Albertsons, Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Products in the Raley’s recall are Raley’s tuna salad kit, Raley’s Asian style pasta tossentree, blue cheese potato salad, buffalo roasted cauliflower, Raley’s to go country potato salad, Raley’s to go country macaroni salad, Raley’s all natural crunchy vegetable salad, curry chicken salad, Golden State salad, fully loaded potato salad, Chinese chicken salad, chicken recovery salad kit, Raley’s rotisserie chicken salad, Raley’s seafood salad kit,Thanksgiving salad, Raley’s traditional cornbread stuffing, Raley’s garden party vegetable tray, Raley’s to go vegetable and ranch tray, and Raley’s old fashioned chicken salad.

The products have “use by” dates ranging from Nov. 20 to Dec. 6. Raley’s advises customers to discard any product affected by the recall. To prevent cross contamination, customers should thoroughly wash their hands and any utensils, counters or cutting boards that may have contacted the product.

Raley’s officials said the recall does not include celery and onions from the store’s produce department. Raley’s announced that it will refund customers for their purchase of the affected products at its stores with the product or a receipt.

For information on products at other stores affected by the Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. recall, see the FDA website, www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm474601.htm.

Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. said the products listed are being recalled out of an abundance of caution due to a celery and onion diced blend that tested positive for E. coli 0157:H7 in a sample taken by the Montana Department of Health. The sample tested in Montana was used in a Costco rotisserie chicken salad that has been linked to a multistate E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak.

Escherichia coli 0157:H7 is bacterium that causes a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can completely recover within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. This syndrome, officials said, is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly, and can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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