The FDA announced this week a Romaine lettuce recall across 23 states and Washington D.C., due to E. coli bacteria. To date, at least 19 people have become sickened after eating the specified lettuce. At least three people have been hospitalized.
Update: 4 More Deaths in E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce
June 4, 2018 – 4 more people have been confirmed dead in a multi-state outbreak of E. coli poisoning linked to romaine lettuce, CDC said on Friday, bringing the total to 5 lives claimed in the outbreak. At least 25 new additional E.coli cases have been confirmed with the agency, bringing the total to 197 cases in 35 states, CDC said.
The lettuce being recalled was processed by the Ohio Company Freshway Foods, and was sold under the name of two brands: Freshway and Imperial Sysco. Freshway Foods and the FDA issued the recall together.
The following states are involved in the recall: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The Romaine lettuce was not sold individually in grocery store sections, but individual consumers may have purchased the contaminated lettuce through their local deli or at an ‘in-store’ deli where consumers may purchase salad.
About Lettuce E. coli Contamination
E. coli is a bacteria commonly present in the digestive systems of livestock, especially cattle. Manure and fecal matter from livestock can contaminate water sources and produce in the surrounding environs, and produce can remain contaminated all the way until it reaches the consumer’s plate. Not all strains of E. coli can cause a serious E coli infection, but E coli O145 is a harmful strain of the bacteria.
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