Bill Marler

Food Safety Advocate & Food Poisoning Attorney

Chloe Rodgerson – The 2015 Costco Chicken Salad E. coli Outbreak

In 2015, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), and public health officials in several states began investigating an E. coli outbreak that had infected 19 people across 7 states.

Epidemiologic evidence collected during the investigation linked the outbreak to a rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco stores. Out of the 19-people connected to the outbreak, 5 were hospitalized and 2 developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths were reported.

Chloe Rodgerson was one of those who developed HUS. Chloe was an avid dancer and performer who had dreams of preforming on Broadway. A few days before she was supposed to leave to start her new job as a princess at Disney Land, her father brought home a chicken salad for her from Costco.

On October 31st, 2015, Chloe called her mom at work concerned that she had vomited blood and passed blood in her stool. Her mom immediately took her to the emergency room. Little did they know the journey they were embarking on. To date she has experienced liver and kidney failure, kidney transplant, a colonoscopy, dialysis, and continues experience seizures and diabetes resulting from her infection.

Chloe’s life has been changed forever, she will likely never preform again and needs constant monitoring for her seizures and diabetes.

Marler Clark represents Chloe and two others in claims against Costco. You can read more about E. coli lawsuits and litigation that stemmed from the Costco E. coli outbreak on the Marler Clark Website. 

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