Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Romaine lettuce-linked E. coli cases top 100 nationwide

Romaine lettuce-linked E. coli cases top 100 nationwide

There have been no reports of illness linked to the outbreak in NY as of Wednesday.

Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown.

Products that were part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced recall related to this outbreak investigation had a "Best By" of November 1 or earlier, more than one month ago, and should no longer be on the market.

CDC advises that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, CA, growing region. If romaine lettuce does not have information about harvest region or does not indicate that it has been grown indoors - i.e., hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown - throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

Another unsolved E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in the United States has highlighted the need for better investigative tools. If it isn't labeled with a growing region, or if you're unsure if the lettuce is romaine or if a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, consumers shouldn't eat it and throw it away.

Here is more information on the update.

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Missa Bay, LLC, of Swedesboro, recalled 75,233 pounds of bagged salad products sold at Walmart, Target and Aldi - fearing that the romaine lettuce will be contaminated by the bacteria after a CDC investigation.

On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed it was working with the CDC.

Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored.

The Center for Science in the Public (CSPI) Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs Sarah Sorscher said in a statement: "Time after time, federal and state public health investigators have struggled to trace back the source of outbreaks linked to romaine". 67 people had been diagnosed with E.coli and 39 had been hospitalized, according to the agencies.

Lettuce from Salinas, Calif., may have caused the outbreak, according to the agencies.

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