E. coli outbreak expands to more than 12 states

A recall stemming from an E. coli scare has expanded to more than a dozen states. The recall has been traced to contaminated celery produced by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, California. Nineteen people in California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Utah, Virginia and Washington have reported falling ill from eating the celery products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Major food retailers including Costco, Target, 7-Eleven, Starbucks, and others are part of the recall. A full list of the stores and recall items affected is available at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website at FDA.gov.

E. coli can cause diarrhea and bloody stools. In children and the elderly, it can also cause kidney failure, which may lead to serious kidney damage and death. The FDA recommends consumers who have any recalled products to throw them away. Consumers may call (209) 830-3141 for further information.