CDC Investigation: E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce


US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia-based health promotion and disease prevention authority, provides an update into E. coli 0157 H7 Infections now linked to Romaine Lettuce, an outbreak that has sickened at least forty (40) people across 16 states.

CDC: http://ht.ly/Y8dK30pWJ2d

Direct link: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2019/s1122-investigation-update-e-coli-infections-romaine-lettuce.html

Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has launched an investigation into a multi-state E. coli 0157 H7 outbreak that is currently active within United States, thought to be caused by contact with and/or consumption of Romaine Lettuce.

Additional information is as follows:

This E. coli 0157 H7 outbreak is linked to contact with and/or consumption of Romaine Lettuce, as follows:

  • You should not consume, and retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve, any Romaine Lettuce products harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.
  • This advice includes ALL TYPES of Romaine Lettuce products harvested from Salinas, including Whole Heads of Romaine, Hearts of Romaine and packages of pre-cut Lettuce and Salad Mixes that contain Romaine, including Baby Romaine, Spring Mix, Caesar Salad and Organic Romaine products.
  • If you have Romaine Lettuce products at your home, restaurant or commercial establishment or food service facility with the label says “Salinas” — whether alone or with the name of another location — do not eat them. Throw it away. If you don’t know if the Lettuce is the Romaine family that has been recalled or whether a Salad Mix contains this Romaine, do not eat it. Throw it away. Scrub all contact surfaces and service implements (including cutting boards and salad spinners) that have come into contact with the recalled Romain Lettuce products.
  • Most Romaine Lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. Do not eat, serve, or sell any Lettuce labeled as grown in Salinas, regardless of any other location on the label.
  • Restaurants and retailers should check the label on bags, boxes or cases of Romaine Lettuce or ask your suppliers about the source of their Romaine Lettuce.

Latest outbreak information:

  • A total of 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of coli 0157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
  • A total of 27 hospitalizations have been reported. Five people have developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (“HUS”), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence and interviews with ill people indicate that Romaine Lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region may be contaminated with coli O157:H7 and is making people sick.
  • FDA is tracing the Romaine Lettuce eaten by ill people in this outbreak. Preliminary information collected indicates that the Lettuce eaten by some of the ill people was grown in Salinas, California. No common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.
  • The USDA has recalled several products containing romaine lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination. A full list of recalled products can be found here: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/7f4bf949-abbe-4bed-b1c9-9c9760c38c33/rc-115-2019-retail-list.pdf?MOD=AJPERES
  • Laboratory data confirmed this outbreak is caused by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 that caused previous outbreaks linked to Leafy Greens in 2017 and Romaine Lettuce in 2018.
  • This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide updates when more information becomes available.
  • You can consult the CDC’s tip-sheet on how to prevent E. coli poisoning here: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/ecoli-prevention.html.
  • This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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