Posted on

E.coli outbreak in US still not over

E.coli outbreak in US still not over, credit: leveland Clinic, Health essentials
Credit: Cleveland Clinic, Health essentials 

 

 

There is an ongoing investigation in the US into the outbreak of E.coli linked to romaine lettuce. On November 26, the CDC and FDA both published additional information regarding the investigation, which has so far affected 19 states of the country. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and identify any additional products that may be linked to the illnesses.  No common grower, supplier, distributor, or food item that contains romaine lettuce has been identified that accounts for all illnesses. 

Thus far, there are 67 confirmed cases of the illness, with 39 hospitalisations. Six cases have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported. The last illness onset date has been extended to November 14, 2019, and, at this point in time, the outbreak has not yet been declared over. The CDC continues to advise consumers not to eat romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas region.

Posted on

US consumers warned not to eat Romaine Lettuce following E.Coli outbreak

US consumers warned not to eat Romaine Lettuce following E.Coli outbreak

For the second time this year, the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an announcement warning the public not to eat Romaine lettuce. The warning comes after an E. coli outbreak that has so far struck down 32 people in eleven different states. The first outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce hospitalised over 190 people, killing five. The CDC advised the public to dispose of any Romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. They also told restaurants not to serve it, stores not to sell it, and people not to buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown, whether it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. California (10) and Michigan (7) have reported the highest number of cases. The FDA reports that as yet no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of Romaine lettuce has been identified.