September 20, 2019

FDA Narrows Scope of E. coli Romaine Lettuce Outbreak

The FDA has narrowed the scope of the E. coli O157:H7 romaine lettuce outbreak investigation. The outbreak has grown from the latest update in November 2018, with 52 people now sick. The FDA states in their latest romaine lettuce outbreak update that "Traceback information from four restaurants in three different states so far has implicated 10 different distributors, 12 different growers, and 11 different farms as potential sources of the contaminated lettuce. The information indicates that the outbreak cannot be explained by a single farm, grower, harvester, or distributor." However, they have not named those distributors, growers, or farms. The FDA's Produce Safety Network is assisting with the investigation. This network includes personnel from the FDA's Center for Food … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak Increases With 52 Sick and 19 Hospitalized

The E. coli O157:H7 romaine outbreak has grown, according to an update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the last update posted in November 26, 2018, an additional nine patients have been added to the total for 52 sick. Those patients live in 15 states. Nineteen people have been hospitalized. The patient case count by state in this E. coli O157:H7 romaine outbreak is: California (11), Connecticut (1), Florida (1), Illinois (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (6), New Jersey (11), New York (6), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (1), Rhode Island (1), and Wisconsin (1).  Illness onset dates range from October 5, 2018 to November 18, 2018. Nineteen people have been hospitalized; two have developed hemolytic uremic … [Read more...]

FDA Names California Counties Where Contaminated Romaine Was Grown

The FDA has updated its investigation into the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. They have now named the California counties where they believe the lettuce was grown. Remember, most of the patients in this outbreak live in California. The specific California counties include Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura. More counties may be added to this list as the FDA traceback develops. Romaine lettuce that was harvested from locations outside of the specific California regions identified, along with lettuce that is grown hydroponically and in greenhouses. The FDA lifted its recommendation the consumers avoid all romaine lettuce. Romaine lettuce … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak: CDC Releases Info

The CDC has released information about the romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened dozens in the U.S. and Canada. Officials now say that they think the contaminated lettuce was grown in the Central Coastal growing regions in northern and central California. That means that the warning to avoid all romaine lettuce products has been "narrowed." In other words, if you know that the romaine lettuce you are going to buy is definitely not from that California growing region, it is safe to eat. If you don't know where the romaine lettuce is from, do not eat it. The FDA has reached an agreement with romaine growers and distributors to start labeling romaine, whether it's bagged or sold as whole heads, with a harvest location by region. It may take some time before … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce Labeling Begins In Wake of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner, released a statement saying that romaine lettuce labeling will begin in wake of the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 43 people. Growers are going to start labeling the place of origin on their products to help consumers avoid potentially contaminated lettuce. Before this announcement, government officials told consumers to avoid all romaine lettuce because they did not know where it originated. His statement reads, in part, "Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA continued to investigate the outbreak. Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to “end … [Read more...]

E. coli O157:H7 Romaine Outbreak Grows to 43 Sick; 16 Hospitalized

The FDA has updated the E. coli O157:H7 romaine lettuce outbreak. Now 43 people in 12 states are sick. That's an increase of 11 patients since the last update on November 20, 2018. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. The case count by state is: California (11), Connecticut (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (9), New York (5), Ohio (1), Rhode Island (1), and Wisconsin (1). The patient age range is from 1 to 74 years. Of the 38 people who were interviewed by officials, 16, or 42%, have been hospitalized. The illness onset date range is from October 8 to October 31, 2018. There is new evidence about where the romaine that sickened … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Sickens 22 in Canada

The Romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states in the United States has also sickened 22 people in Canada, according to Public Health Canada. Romaine lettuce has been identified as the outbreak source in both countries. The patient case count by province in this romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is: Ontario (4), Quebec (17), and New Brunswick (1). The illnesses began between mid-October and early November 2018. Eight people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a kind of kidney failure. And the illnesses in this romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak are genetically related to illnesses reported last year that sickened people in both countries. This "suggests there may be a … [Read more...]

Romaine Lettuce Implicated in E. coli Outbreak Grown in California; Some May Sue

The romaine lettuce that is implicated in the multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak may have been grown in California, according to a tweet posted by Dr. Scott Gottlieb, head of the FDA. The tweet states, "The romaine implicated in the current outbreak is likely from California based on growing and harvesting patterns. The goal now is to withdraw the product that's at risk of being contaminated from the market, and then re-stock the market." He continues, "New romaine from different growing regions, including Florida and Arizona, will soon be harvested. We're working with growers and distributors on labeling produce for location and harvest dates and possibly other ways of information consumers that the product is "post-purge." In this outbreak, as of the last update three days … [Read more...]

FDA Investigates New Romaine E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

The FDA is investigating the new Romaine E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states. The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, along with the CDC and state and local agencies in the U.S. are also investigating. Genetic analysis has found that the strains in this new outbreak are similar to the bacteria that sickened people in both countries in the fall of 2017. There is no link between this new outbreak and the outbreak that occurred in the U.S. in the Spring of 2018. The FDA is conducting traceback investigations to try to find the source of the lettuce that was contaminated. No agency identified a particular brand, supplier, or distributor in the 2017 outbreak, although they found that the romaine lettuce was … [Read more...]

Another Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Announced; Some May Sue

Another romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak has been announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The language from the government is very strong: "CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak." Thirty-two people in 11 states are sick in this outbreak. Thirteen people have been hospitalized. The case count by state is: California (10), Connecticut (1), Illinois (2), Massachusetts (2), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (2), New Jersey (3), New York (2), Ohio (1), and Wisconsin (1). Illness onset dates range from October 8 to October 31, 2018. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. It's very … [Read more...]

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