Starbucks recalls holiday turkey sandwiches linked to Costco <i>E. coli</i> outbreak

If you’re a fan of the Starbucks holiday turkey panini — those sandwiches that come on warm ciabatta bread with cranberry cornbread stuffing and turkey gravy — you’re out of luck. The Seattle-based coffee giant has recalled the sandwiches from more than 1,000 stores after discovering they were made with an ingredient linked to the recent Costco E. coli outbreak.

Celery in the Costco outbreak, from Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. of Tracy, Calif., was also used in Starbucks holiday sandwiches found in California, Oregon and Nevada. The sandwiches were listed among multiple products affected by the outbreak on the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention website, including rotisserie chicken salad from Costco.

There have been no reports of illness from the Starbucks sandwiches, but the CDC has linked the Taylor Farms celery to 19 illnesses in seven states.

According to the CDC, most healthy adults recover from E. coli exposure, but the bacteria can cause serious health problems among the elderly and young children.

The Starbucks recall comes shortly after Chipotle Mexican Grill was forced to temporarily close more than 40 locations in Oregon and Washington after at least 35 cases of illness from E. coli were linked to its restaurants.

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