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Food poisoning outbreak at Costco

Food poisoning outbreak at Costco

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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Food & Agriculture is investigating a possible Salmonella outbreak that occurred at an Ohio fast food chain.

The state’s health department says the Colorado-grown chicken was sold at Costco for a few weeks starting last month.

The company says the chicken is free of Salmonella, hepatitis A and E, West Nile virus, and Clostridium botulinum toxin.

“It is very important to understand this disease is rare. There is no vaccine or treatment and the best we can do is to minimize exposure by making sure our food handling and food suppliers are kept up to date on federal and state regulations,” says Colorado Department of Food & Agriculture spokeswoman Erin Matson-Werts.

She said in most cases when people have food poisoning, they’re not sick and they feel nothing. However, sometimes people get sick and then they experience symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and diarrhea.

Colorado is one of 16 states where the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises grocery stores and other retailers to sanitize their products to help prevent food borne illness outbreaks. Firms that don’t follow the rules face fines or possibly even shut down.

The federal CDC says customers are the main source of illness.

In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a major source of illness is contaminated water.

“The CDC and USDA recommend food and water be treated before use to control bacteria and viruses. Food and water are at risk when there is a breach in the quality assurance system,” Matson-Werts said.

The company says it’s reviewing its sanitation procedures to limit spread.

The company’s food safety practices have been verified

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