Austin woman says Costco smoked salmon made her sick


by JADE MINGUS / KVUE NEWS and photojouranlist JOHN FISHER

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 8:49 PM

AUSTIN -- An Austin woman had to be rushed to the emergency room after she says she ate smoked salmon from Costco.

Michelle Lewis bought Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon from Costco, and she says it made her sick.

"It was horrible. I didn't know what was wrong with me," said Lewis.

After several doctors checked her out, she had an ultrasound, an X-ray and a CT scan, Lewis was diagnosed with a rare colon problem caused by bacteria. She was treated with anti-nausea medicine, pain pills and antibiotics.

"I feel much better. Last week I felt like death warmed over," said Lewis. 

The smoked salmon Lewis ate is now linked to salmonella issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating 85 salmonella cases in the United States. There are hundreds of cases of the illness in the Netherlands.

No deaths have been reported, but at least 10 people have gone to the hospital in the U.S. alone.

"Aside from growing my own food and catching my own salmon, which I doubt is going to happen, I have to put my trust in these big companies that they are going to keep me and my family safe," Lewis said.

Costco removed Kirkland Signature Norwegian Imported Smoked Salmon and Foppen Norweigan Smoked Salmon Slices from its shelves late Monday. The products are made by a Dutch company who is now investigating the cause of the outbreak.

Costco called customers this week who purchased the smoked salmon products and is also sending them a letter.

Anyone who bought contaminated salmon can take it back to Costco for a full refund.

The packages of salmon aren't the only place salmonella has recently turned up. It's also linked to a major peanut butter recall.