Freshway Foods Recalls E. Coli Tainted Romaine Lettuce
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Update: 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.
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.
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