The CDC is encouraging people to discard store-bought chopped romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak tied to Yuma, Arizona.
Romaine Lettuce Recall
The Arizona Department of Health Services has confirmed that at least three Arizona residents have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak that is blamed for 38 illnesses in 11 states. The outbreak is tied to chopped romaine lettuce that originated in Yuma. The Centers for Disease Control, which has assumed primary responsibility for the investigation of this outbreak, has decliend to identify any growers, suppliers, distributors or brands associated with the outbreak. Instead, the agency is encouraging people to discard any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce.
True Leaf Farms Recalls Chopped and Shredded Lettuce
True Leaf Farms recalled 2,498 cartons of shopped or shredded romaine lettuce due to possible listeria contamination. The bacteria that prompted the recall is the same bacteria that has caused at least 13 deaths in an outbreak traced to cantaloupes. The contamination was detected in a random test and there have been no reported illnesses linked to the romaine lettuce.
The romaine lettuce included in the recall was shipped to food service distributors in nineteen states and Canada. The affected lettuce can be identified with a use by date of "9/29/11" and bag and box code B256-46438-38.
Listeriosis causes fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms. It is particularly dangerous for older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
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