Posted on January 16, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Romaine-linked E. coli outbreaks over, says FDA

Agency IDs common grower with multiple fields in Salinas

Three separate E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce that sickened nearly 200 people have ended, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The agency said it was officially withdrawing its warning, issued in November, to consumers that they avoid eating romaine lettuce from Salinas, Calif.

The FDA said it identified a common grower growing romaine in “multiple fields” between each of these outbreaks in Salinas based on available supply chain information. The agency did not name the grower.

However, the agency said that romaine from the grower “does not explain all of the illnesses seen in these outbreaks.”

One of the outbreaks sickened 167 people in 27 states. The other outbreak, linked to Fresh Express salad kits, sickened 10 people in five states. The third outbreak in Washington State sickened 11 people.


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