Romaine lettuce has been linked to multiple outbreaks of E. coli, with hundreds of people sickened in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
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E. coli Outbreaks Linked to Lettuce
- Fall 2017 — 25 illnesses, including 1 death, in 15 states
- Spring 2018 — 210 illnesses, including 5 deaths, in 36 states
- Fall 2018 — 62 illnesses in 17 states
- October 2019 — 23 illnesses in 12 states
- November 2019 (multiple outbreaks) — 167 illnesses in 27 states; 15 people in 1 state; 10 people in 5 states
November 2019 Lettuce E. coli Outbreaks “Appear to be Over”
As of January 15, 2020, 167 cases of E. coli in 27 states have been linked to lettuce grown in the Salinas, California region. The CDC said the outbreak “appears to be over.”
Two other outbreaks of E. coli from lettuce in November 2019 were also declared over, including a outbreak in Washington state that sickened 15 people. Another outbreak linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped salad kits sickened 10 people in 5 states.
How Does E. coli Get in My Salad?
E. coli is a bacteria that spreads in fecal matter from animals. Large outbreaks of food poisoning can occur when fresh produce is sprayed with water from irrigation canals that are contaminated with animal waste.
Consumers Warned Not to Eat ANY Romaine Lettuce After Yet Another E. Coli Outbreak in Fall 2018
December 2018 — Health officials are warning consumers not to eat ANY romaine lettuce or bagged salad mixes containing romaine while they investigate yet another outbreak of E. coli food poisoning.
The outbreak strain of E. coli was discovered in an irrigation reservoir on Adam Brothers Family Farm in Santa Barbara County, California.
The outbreak has been linked to romaine harvested in the Central Coast growing region of California. If you do not know where your lettuce is from, do not eat it.
The sick people are infected with a strain of E. coli that is very similar to the strain that caused another lettuce outbreak in Fall 2017 that sickened 25 people. However, the strain is NOT genetically related to the strain of E. coli that caused a lettuce outbreak in Spring 2018 that sickened 210 people.
Because no recalls have been issued and no single source has been identified, the FDA is warning consumers to avoid all types and brands of romaine lettuce. That includes whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, bagged salads, pre-cut lettuce, and salad mixes that contain romaine, such as spring mix and Caesar salad.
Canal Water Tests Positive for E. Coli
In June 2018, canal water in the Yuma, Arizona lettuce growing region tested positive for the exact genetic fingerprint of E. Coli that caused the outbreak, according to a report from the FDA.
Spring 2018 – Romaine Lettuce Linked to E. Coli Outbreak
In Spring 2018, at least 210 people were infected with E. coli in 36 states, including 96 people who were hospitalized and 5 people who died. At least 27 people developed a type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
In May 2018, the FDA warned consumers not to eat all types of romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region, including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, pre-chopped romaine, salads, and bag salad mixes containing romaine
CDC: Avoid ALL Romaine Lettuce
In April 2018, the CDC warned about an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 from romaine lettuce that was grown in Arizona. The agency warns: “Consumers should avoid all romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. If you cannot determine the source of your romaine lettuce, throw it away and don’t eat it.”
5 Deaths Linked to E. Coli in Lettuce
At least 5 people have died of severe E. coli infections after eating lettuce. The victims who died were from Arkansas, California, Minnesota and New York. Click here to read more.
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Lawsuit
In May 2018, the family of a 6 year-old boy with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) has filed a lawsuit against Papa Murphy’s pizza restaurant. The boy was hospitalized for 16 days with kidney failure due to HUS after eating romaine lettuce in a salad from Papa Murphy’s. Click here to read more.
Panera Salads Linked to E. Coli Outbreak
The E. coli outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce in salad after a group of 6 people in New Jersey fell ill after eating at Panera Bread. The lettuce was also distributed to grocery stores, jails, and other restaurants.
Panera Salad E. Coli Lawsuit
One of the E. coli victims, Louise Fraser, filed a food poisoning lawsuit against Panera and its lettuce supplier, Freshway Foods Inc. Louise was hospitalized for several weeks with a type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) after eating a salad that was contaminated with E. coli at Panera Bread in New Jersey.
Salad E. Coli Outbreak at Alaska Jail
On April 19, 2018, Alaska health partners announced that several people in a correctional facility were infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7. The victims ate whole-head romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma Arizona.
E. coli Food Poisoning
Infections with E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and other symptoms within 2-8 days of eating contaminated food. Infection can cause death, dehydration, blood infections, kidney failure, or Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).
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