Make Our Food Safe
05/07/2010

"Tainted lettuce sickens 19, leads to recall and increased pressure on lawmakers"

Los Angeles Times - Money & Company Blog | P.J. Huffstutter

"At least 19 people have fallen ill due to tainted romaine lettuce in 23 states and Washington, D.C. -- a foodborne outbreak that has prompted a massive recall from a large swath of the country.

Three of the people sickened were reported to have life-threatening symptoms and 12 others were hospitalized because of lettuce believed to be tainted with E. coli, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that they are investigating an additional 10 cases they believe may be linked to the outbreak.

Freshway Foods, a fresh-produce distributor in Sidney, Ohio, said it was voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce it sold in 23 states because of a possible link to Escherichia coli O145 bacteria (E. coli O145). The products were sold under the Freshway brand and Imperial Sysco brand, the company said in a statement..."

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