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Romaine Possible Culprit in 12 E.coli Cases

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Editor's note: This story was updated on Nov. 11, 2020. 

Nov. 9, 2020 – Twelve people have been sickened and five hospitalized from an E.coli outbreak possibly tied to romaine lettuce.

Laboratory testing last week detected E.coli in a sample of single-head romaine lettuce produced by California-based Tanimura & Antle, which launched a recall of lettuce sold in dozens of states.

Although the investigation continues, the CDC says there is “not enough epidemiologic and traceback information available at this time to determine if ill people got sick from eating Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce.”

The illnesses have occurred in California, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Whole heads of romaine lettuce sold in dozens of states have been recalled after a testing sample discovered potential E. coli contamination, the FDA says.

California-based Tanimura & Antle announced the recall on Friday.

Nearly 3,500 cartons of single-head romaine lettuce bags are included in the recall. They were sold at Walmart, Food Lion, and other retailers in: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico.

The label will have the Universal Product Code (UPC) number 0-27918-20314-9 and a “packed on” date of Oct. 15 or Oct. 16. No illnesses have been reported.

E. coli may cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults recover completely within a week, some may have a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. If you get any of the symptoms, the FDA recommends contacting your doctor.

If you have questions, contact Tanimura & Antle at 877-827-7388, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sources

FDA.gov: “Tanimura & Antle Voluntary Recalls Packaged Single Head Romaine Lettuce Due to Potential E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination.”

Walmart.com: “Tanimura & Antle Voluntary Recalls Packaged Single Head Romaine Lettuce Due to Potential E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination.”

FoodLion.com: “Romaine Lettuce.”

CDC.gov: “Outbreak of E. coli Infections in 6 States”

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