Costco's El Camino Real store in South San Francisco, Calif., is recalling 9,043 units (approximately 39,755 lbs.) of rotisserie chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service ( USDA FSIS) announced on October 12. The products subject to recall are: 8,730 "Kirkland Signature Foster Farms" rotisserie chickens, and 313 total units of "Kirkland Farm" rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad.
The products were sold directly to consumers in a Costco located at 1600 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, Calif., between September 11 and September 23.
This recall was initiated due to concerns about a group of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses that may be associated with the consumption of rotisserie chicken products prepared in and purchased at the Costco El Camino Real store. FSIS, working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health and the County of San Mateo Public Health Department, determined through epidemiologic and traceback investigations that there is a link between the Costco El Camino Real rotisserie chicken products and this illness outbreak. FSIS is continuing to work with CDC, public health partners in California and Costco on the investigation.
Costco has already taken steps to contact every customer who purchased rotisserie chicken products.
The Salmonella outbreak, which has caused more than 300 people to become ill, has been traced to three Foster Farms plants in California. Foster Farms has not issued a recall on the products in question. In addition to Costco, The Kroger Co. has issued a similar recall at some of its stores.