Update: Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Sickens 100+ in 23 States
Dec. 10, 2019 – At least 102 people across 23 states have been diagnosed with symptoms of an E. coli infection linked to contaminated romaine lettuce grown in Salinas Valley, California, according to a CDC update issued Wednesday. Of the 102 people sickened, at least 58 have been hospitalized to treat complications of their illness. CDC warns that the outbreak is still ongoing, so consumers should be sure to check the labeling of any romaine lettuce as a precaution.
What’s the problem?
May 10, 2010 – Public health officials in Michigan, New York, and Ohio are investigating multiple illnesses caused by an E. Coli outbreak. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is supporting these investigations and facilitating information sharing between the states and with the U.S. FDA.
To date, a total of 19 confirmed and 10 probable cases related to this outbreak have been reported. Among the confirmed and probable cases reported, illnesses began between April 10 & 26, 2010. Infected individuals range from 13 to 29 years old, with three patients reported to have developed a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic-uremic syndrome, or HUS.
The bacteria responsible for the outbreak are referred to as Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC. STECs have been associated with human illnesses, including bloody diarrhea and HUS. Investigators are using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), a type of DNA fingerprint analysis of E. coli bacteria obtained through diagnostic testing, to identify cases of illnesses that might be part of this outbreak. The current status of the investigation traces the origin of the E. coli outbreak to unopened bags of Freshway Foods romaine lettuce.
Freshway Foods has issued a recall of all products containing Romaine lettuce with a ‘use-by’ date of May 12 or earlier. The products were sold under the Freshway brand and Imperial Sysco brand. Freshway Foods is working with the FDA to inform users of the recall. The recall comes after the FDA informed Freshway that a previously unopened product sample in a New York state laboratory tested positive for the bacteria.
The recalled romaine lettuce products were sold to wholesalers and food service outlets in 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 products were also sold for distribution to in-store salad bars and delis for Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores in the states listed.
Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2-8 days after swallowing the organism, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe. Infection is typically diagnosed with a stool sample. Most people recover within a week, but some develop severe infection.
E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA.
Nov. 25, 2019 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging people to stop eating romaine lettuce produced in Salinas, California, because it may be tainted with E. coli bacteria, according to FOX News. At least 40 people in 16 states have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak, and “romaine lettuce from the Salinas, Calif., growing region is a likely source of this outbreak,” the agency said on Thursday.
Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Traced to California Farm
December 17, 2018 – The strain of E. coli blamed for an outbreak in romaine lettuce has been found in a reservoir on a farm in Santa Barbara County, California, according to a joint investigation by the FDA and CDC. The farm, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc., stopped distributing the lettuce and is reportedly participating in the investigation.
Amid Nationwide E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Warns Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce
November 21, 2018 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers on Tuesday to avoid eating romaine lettuce over the Thanksgiving holiday, as it may be contaminated with E. coli. At least 32 people, including 13 who required emergency hospitalization due to the severity of their symptoms, have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli in 11 states, according to the CDC.
Panera Sued by New Jersey Women Alleging E. Coli from Contaminated Salads
July 18, 2018 – At least 2 women have filed lawsuits against Panera alleging they developed severe E. coli infections after eating salads that contained tainted romaine lettuce which were purchased at Panera restaurants in New Jersey. Defendants in the cases include the Panera Bread Company, the firm that supplied the lettuce, and other unnamed entities.
Canal Water Identified as Source of E. coli Contamination
June 28, 2018 – 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. Authorities are still investigating how the bacteria got into the canal.
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.
CDC Identifies Romaine Lettuce as Source of 11-State E. Coli Outbreak
April 13, 2018 – Chopped romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona, has been identified as the culprit in a recent E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 35 people across 11 states. All restaurants and retailers have been asked by the CDC to talk to their food suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce, and to stop selling or servicing any that was grown in Yuma, Arizona.
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