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Coronavirus outbreak at Fyffes’ Coventry distribution centre

Coronavirus outbreak at Fyffes’ Coventry distribution centre © Irish Times
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Almost 200 members of staff at banana supplier Fyffes are to be tested for coronavirus after an outbreak among 10 workers, according to the BBC. All staff at Fyffes’ distribution centre in Coventry will be tested as a “precaution”, the city council said. Liz Gaulton, from public health at the council, stated that the measures put in place by Fyffes were sufficient for business to continue. Gaulton said, “Fyffes have been open and cooperative with us and have followed our advice and guidance in how to deal with this unfortunate situation. We have advised that all 186-staff at the centre are tested as a precaution and the measures that have been implemented mean we are happy for the business to continue to open as normal at this time.”

A spokesman for the company said, “The safety of all our workers is our number one priority and a number of actions to tackle this outbreak have been agreed and are currently being implemented.”

The Local Democracy Reporting Service announced that as of 13 August, there had been 57 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Coventry in the past seven days, at a rate of 15.34 per 100,000, which is almost double the rate of neighbouring Solihull (8.32) and four times the rate of Warwickshire (4.67).

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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.