Costco has started to ban rice in its stores, following a recent spike in rice cases.
The move comes after a recent outbreak in which at least 16 people have been hospitalized, including a woman who contracted the illness while buying rice.
The company says it will not beifying customers who are experiencing food poisoning or food-related illness.
It’s also now banning Costco’s rice products from its store in Los Angeles.
“As the U.S. and global food safety authorities closely monitor the situation, we will be sharing information with our customers and other community members in an effort to provide a more effective response to outbreaks,” Costco said in a statement.
The chain is also asking customers who buy rice products to check with their health care provider for a full list of ingredients.
Costco’s announcement comes after another food safety crisis in May.
That outbreak resulted in two deaths and at least five cases of coronavirus.
The outbreak involved at least 19 people in California and New York, and at the time, Costco had banned rice from its stores in New York City and Los Angeles, citing the outbreak.
It also announced that it would stop shipping rice in March.