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Canal Water Likely Source of Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak: FDA Alert

Federal health officials have determined that tainted canal water near romaine lettuce growing fields in Yuma, Arizona, is the likely source of a rare strain of E. coli that has sickened at least 210 people across 36 states, killing 5.
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The E. coli infections had previously been linked to romaine lettuce grown in and around the Yuma, Arizona region. On Thursday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) said the same strain of E. coli was found in canal water in the area. Authorities are still investigating how the bacteria got into the canal.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an E. coli infection, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a food poisoning  lawsuit and our lawyers can help.

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June 28, 2018 - The romaine lettuce recall was the largest E. coli outbreak in more than a decade, according to CBS News. The last major E. coli outbreak occurred in 2006 and involved California-grown spinach that had been contaminated by a dirty stream.

Like the 2006 spinach outbreak, CDC says the bacteria strain associated with the lettuce recall tends to cause more severe illnesses than your run-of-the-mill E. coli.

“Samples have been collected from environmental sources in the region, including water, soil, and cow manure. Evaluation of these samples is ongoing,” FDA said in the update. “To date, CDC analysis of samples taken from canal water in the region has identified the presence of E. coli O157: H7 with the same genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain. We have identified additional strains of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli in water and soil samples, but at this time, the samples from the canal water are the only matches to the outbreak strain.”

The outbreak may finally be over, but not after infecting at least 210 people, 27 of whom developed a rare form of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), according to the CDC. The most recent victim became sick on June 6.

Do I Have a Romaine Lettuce Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in romaine lettuce recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got sick after eating romaine lettuce, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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