Entries in Romaine Lettuce (3)


E. Coli Concerns Spur Recall for Romaine Lettuce 

iStockphotoThinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A California supplier is voluntarily recalling its romaine lettuce over concerns the product may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA said Sunday that the affected product was limited to a single lot of Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine and may have a "best buy" date of Aug. 19, 2012.

More than 2,000 cases of potentially contaminated product were distributed across the United States and Canada since Aug. 2.  The company said that 1,969 cases were shipped to 19 states and Puerto Rico.

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CDC Investigates E. Coli in Romaine Lettuce

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- The CDC is investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of people in 10 states -- and all signs point to romaine lettuce as the likely culprit.

The outbreak appeared to have ended last month, but not before 60 people were stricken by E. coli. Half were hospitalized. Two victims suffered kidney failure.

No product names were revealed and there’s no practical advice for consumers.

The CDC reported that many of the ill ate from a salad bar at an unidentified grocery store chain that sourced its lettuce “from a single lettuce processing facility via a single distributor.”

“This indicates that contamination of romaine lettuce likely occurred before the product reached grocery store Chain A locations,” the investigation announcement said.

Illnesses also were reported by people who ate salad at university campuses in Minnesota and Missouri.

Ilnesses were reported in the following states: Arizona (1), Arkansas (2), Georgia (1), Illinois (9), Indiana (2), Kansas (3), Kentucky (1), Minnesota (3), Missouri (37), and Nebraska (1).

The FDA last month announced the recall of bagged romaine lettuce because of possible E. coli contamination. It was unclear whether that recall bears any relation to Wednesday’s CDC announcement.

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Latest Listeria Scare Involves Romaine Lettuce

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- First, it was cantaloupes.  Now, you have to worry about green leafy vegetables.

On the heels of the latest food borne illness outbreak comes news that certain chopped romaine lettuce may be contaminated with listeria, the same bacteria that has led to at least 16 deaths from tainted cantaloupes that were grown in Colorado and shipped nationwide.

The lettuce that has health officials concerned is from True Leaf Farms in Salinas, California, which is recalling 90 cartons sent to an Oregon distributor.

True Leaf Farms was notified of the possible contamination after the Food and Drug Administration said a sample taken from a bag of chopped romaine lettuce tested positive for listeria.

The cartons are being recalled from Oregon, Washington state and Idaho.  So far, there have been no reports of anyone sickened from the lettuce.

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