Fun news if you’re someone who goes to Starbucks and purchases more than a nice, hot cup of basic in a red cup to get you through your day: E. coli has taken over the deli case. I don’t know about you, but I truly feel like there’s no place like clinging to your toilet bowl in your bathroom floor for the holidays.
With Chipotle and Costco recalling products and closing stores, Starbucks has now fallen into the same unfortunate business pattern; and the culprit?
Paninis (not red cups, not Satan).
A celery and onion diced blend produced at Taylor Farms Pacific in California tested positive for E. coli in Montana recently.” The tainted celery was used in Starbucks’ Holiday Turkey and Stuffing Paninis — the same celery was what prompted to Costco to recall its chicken salad in November.
If you’re just clinging to this story to see if your insides have been affected, this is the important part for you:
The FDA released a statement on the panini recall, citing that the reason behind it was “out of an abundance of caution.” In the same statement, the FDA noted the three states where some 1,347 Starbucks locations are affected by the recall were California, Oregon, and Nevada, with the tainted celery being used in paninis throughout the one-week span between November 20 and November 28.
But don’t call your lawyers yet. Bloomberg reports that there have currently been no reported illnesses due to the E. coli scare. Though E. coli bacteria are usually NBD in people who are usually 100 percent, A-OK healthy, some bacteria may cause you to become super sick, with symptoms including stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever – especially in children, the elderly, and those with already-compromised immune systems.
I think I’ll just stick to my venti chai latte, but thanks, anyway, Starbucks!.