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Are you affected by the recent romaine lettuce recall? As a seasoned attorney specializing in food safety litigation, I understand the nuances of navigating recall lawsuits.

This article will provide you with expert guidance on your legal rights and how to pursue compensation if you’ve been harmed by coli food poisoning.

If you or a loved one has fallen ill from this outbreak strain, our law firm is ready to assist you in evaluating your case and discussing your options for legal recourse. Keep reading to learn how you can take action and protect both your health and legal interests.

Quick Summary:

  • The CDC warns against eating romaine lettuce from Salinas, California, due to an E. coli outbreak that has infected at least 40 people across 16 states.
  • Romaine lettuce recall was initiated after a reservoir at Adam Bros. Farming in Santa Barbara County was identified as the source of an E. coli strain affecting numerous states.
  • The ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated romaine lettuce has resulted in five deaths and 210 infections across 36 states, emphasizing the severity and reach of this public health issue.

Kalera Announces Recall of Fresh Lettuce Due to Salmonella Risks

Kalera Public Limited Company is recalling about 633 cases of Krunch, Butter, and Romaine whole-head variety lettuce with lot codes 001293 and 001294 on the label and sold under the Kalera brand over potential contamination with salmonella bacteria [1].

Kalera initiated this recall after the company’s food safety testing procedures found salmonella in some of its whole-head lettuce SKUs. The recalled lettuce was distributed exclusively to retail and food service customers in Florida. This recall began on November 3, 2022.

Tanimura & Antle Initiates Lettuce Recall Due to E. Coli Concerns

Salinas, California-based Tanimura & Antle Inc. [2] is recalling its packaged single-head romaine lettuce over potential contamination with E. coli bacteria. The recalled lettuce is labeled with a packed-on date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020 and the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9. 

A total of 3,396 cartons of potentially affected products were distributed in the U.S. to the following states: AK, OR, CA, TX, AR, OK, IN, NE, MO, TN, WI, NM, SC, WA, NC, OH, VA, MA, PR, and IL. This recall began on November 7, 2020.

Dec. 20, 2019 – At least 138 people in 25 states have been diagnosed with an E. coli infection linked to contaminated lettuce grown in Salinas, California, according to a CDC alert [3] issued Thursday.

Of the 138 cases, 72 have resulted in hospitalizations, with 13 people developing kidney failure, the agency said. This E. coli outbreak is caused by the same strain of bacteria linked to leafy greens in 2017 and to romaine lettuce in 2018.

What is The Problem With Romaine Lettuce?

The problem with romaine lettuce is its link to an E. Coli outbreak that has affected multiple individuals across Michigan, New York, and Ohio. 

As of May 10, 2010, public health officials, with support from the CDC and the U.S. FDA, have reported 19 confirmed and 10 probable cases stemming from this contamination. 

The outbreak traced back to unopened bags of Freshway Foods romaine lettuce, has led to severe health issues, including kidney failure known as a hemolytic-uremic syndrome in some cases. The affected products have been recalled and were distributed widely across several states.

The bacteria responsible for the outbreak are 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
  • 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 infections.

Coli Crisis: Romaine Lettuce Impacts 100+ in Multi-State Outbreak

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.

Is the E. Coli Outbreak Connected to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas, CA?

Yes, the E. Coli outbreak is connected to romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises against consuming romaine lettuce produced in this area [4]. 

According to FOX News, it may be tainted with E. coli bacteria [5]. So far, at least 40 people across 16 states have fallen ill due to this outbreak, with the romaine lettuce from Salinas identified as a likely source.

Is a California Farm the Origin of the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak?

Yes, a California farm is the origin of the Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak. On December 17, 2018, authorities traced the strain of E. coli responsible for the outbreak to a reservoir at Adam Bros.

Farming, Inc., in Santa Barbara County, California. Following the discovery, the farm ceased distributing the lettuce and has been actively involved in the ongoing investigation conducted by the FDA and CDC.

Is It Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce During the Current E. Coli Outbreak

No, it is not safe to eat romaine lettuce during the current E. coli outbreak. On November 21, 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning advising consumers to avoid romaine lettuce over the Thanksgiving holiday due to potential E. coli contamination. 

The outbreak has already infected at least 32 people across 11 states, with 13 requiring emergency hospitalization because of severe symptoms.

Has Panera Been Sued Over Alleged E. Coli Contamination in Salads?

Yes, Panera has been sued over alleged E. coli contamination in salads. On July 18, 2018, at least two women filed lawsuits against Panera, claiming they contracted severe E. coli infections from eating salads made with tainted romaine lettuce bought at Panera restaurants in New Jersey. 

The lawsuits name Panera Bread Company, the lettuce supplier, and other unnamed entities as defendants.

Is Contaminated Canal Water the Cause of E. Coli in Lettuce?

Yes, contaminated canal water is the cause of E. coli in lettuce. On June 28, 2018, federal health officials identified that canal water near romaine lettuce fields in Yuma, Arizona, likely transmitted a rare strain of E. coli, which has infected at least 210 people across 36 states and resulted in five deaths. The investigation continues into how the bacteria entered the canal.

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What’s the Latest on the Death Toll from the Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak?

The latest on the death toll from the Romaine Lettuce E. coli outbreak is that four more fatalities have been confirmed, according to the CDC on June 4, 2018, raising the total to five deaths [6]. 

Additionally, 25 new E. coli cases have been reported, increasing the total to 197 cases across 35 states.

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Has the CDC Identified Romaine Lettuce as the Source of the 11-State E. Coli Outbreak?

The CDC identified romaine lettuce as the source of the 11-state E. coli outbreak. Specifically, chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, was the source of an E. coli outbreak affecting 35 people across 11 states as of April 13, 2018. 

In response, the agency has advised restaurants and retailers to verify the origin of their romaine lettuce with suppliers and to cease selling or serving any lettuce grown in Yuma.

Do I have a Romaine Lettuce Recall Lawsuit?

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

Again, if you or a loved one has been the victim of food poisoning, you should contact our law firm immediately by using the form below. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit, and our food poisoning attorneys can help.

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