Published: Sun, November 24, 2019
Medical | By Mark Scott

King County man diagnosed with E. coli linked to romaine

King County man diagnosed with E. coli linked to romaine

Most romaine lettuce products are now labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.

This outbreak was caused by the same E. coli strain that caused outbreaks in 2017 and 2018, according to Yiannas and the CDC.

At least 40 people in 16 states have been infected from the contaminated lettuce, including 28 hospitalizations.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) also late Friday warned against consuming any wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salad, salad kits, or other products containing romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.

Anyone ordering a romaine salad in a restaurant should ask where the lettuce used is coming from and refuse any from the Salinas area or if the management can not identify its origin.

The warning does not concern lettuce grown in Canada. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. "Very frustrating all around", said Trevor Suslow of the Produce Marketing Association.

The CDC says people usually get sick from E. coli 2-8 days after ingesting the germ. When buying romaine lettuce, check the labeling to see if it says Salinas. That lettuce was harvested from the Salinas growing region. If it did, or they do not know, do not eat it. Other cases have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

In trying to prevent the outbreak from spreading, the Inspectorate has ordered retailers not to sell and to discard all romaine lettuce originating from the Salinas region in California.

You can find more information on the outbreak here.

The Inspectorate said that at this stage in the investigation, the most efficient way to ensure that contaminated romaine is off the market would be for industry to voluntarily withdraw product grown in Salinas, and to withhold distribution of Salinas romaine for the remainder of the growing season in Salinas.

Whole-genome sequencing shows the E. coli strain in romaine lettuce tested by the Maryland Department of Health is closely related genetically to the E.coli found in six people in this outbreak. The recalled salad products by Missa Bay, LLC, included products with "Use By" dates ranging from Oct.29, 2019 to November 1, 2019.

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