Another Recall of Romaine Lettuce
By edhat staff
Another recall of romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA has been issued due to potential E.coli contamination.
A massive recall of romaine lettuce was also issued last year due to similar contamination and illness reports.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report more than 100 people in 23 states have been infected with a strain of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas area.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to the lettuce "to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness."
An initial safety alert was issued on November 22 with additional reports issued as the number of illnesses rose.
FDA reports it requested the "industry voluntarily withdraw romaine grown in Salinas from the market and is requesting that industry withhold distribution of Salinas romaine for the remainder of the growing season in Salinas. Without more specific traceback information, this was the most efficient way to ensure that contaminated romaine was off the market."
Whole heads od romaine, hearts of romaine, and precut lettuce and salad mixes should not be consumed or sold, advises the CDC.
The full report from the FDA can be found here.