Апреля 21, 2018

Do not eat romaine lettuce — Warning from CDC

17 Апреля 2018, 01:02 | Winifred Adams

Chopped Romaine Lettuce Unsafe? Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Vegetable

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

The restaurants said they used bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make the salads.

That's similar to the recall Freshway made during the 2010 romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak after an unopened product sample tested positive for E. coli.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection.

Consumers should also avoid eating romaine salads in restaurants unless it can be verified that it doesn't come from Yuma, Arizona.

Chopped romaine lettuce has been linked to dozens of cases of E. coli and anyone who has the leafy green in their refrigerator is told to throw it away immediately, health officials said Friday.

The DPHHS advised that most people infected will exhibit symptoms three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria. Illnesses that began on or after March 27 may not have been counted yet.

No deaths have been reported, the CDC said. Twenty-six (93%) of 28 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started.

So far, federal officials haven't identified a source, but on April 14 Fresh Foods Manufacturing, based in Freedom, Pa., voluntarily recalled ready-to-eat salads after receiving notification that its supplier was recalling romaine lettuce over E coli concerns.

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The outbreak has sickened at least 35 people in 11 states, including 22 people who were hospitalized due to severe food poisoning.

Those who want to purchase romaine salad at grocery stores should first confirm that it was not grown in Yuma, Arizona, according to the CDC.

However, Consumer Reports is advising against consumers purchasing any romaine lettuce regardless of where it's grown while the outbreak is ongoing, including unbagged romaine or hearts of romaine.

At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.

However, the Warren County Health Department had confirmed that Panera Bread restaurants were part of a "regional investigation" into the E. coli outbreak, but that other chains could also be involved.

CDC investigators don't believe this outbreak is connected to the one that occurred late previous year in the United States and Canada, although it is the same potentially deadly strain, E.coli O157:H7.

The FDA recommends that consumers ask restaurants and other food service establishments where their romaine lettuce originated, and avoid chopped romaine lettuce that originated from Yuma, Arizona.

The FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available.

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