May 12, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. - We are in the midst of yet another food recall, this one for bagged romaine lettuce contaminated with a dangerous strain of E. coli. The produce at issue has been linked to 19 confirmed cases of infection and 10 probable cases, resulting in 12 hospitalizations. We wonder how many more recalls it will take before the Senate will bring S. 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, to a vote.
Since the U.S. House of Representatives passed its food-safety bill last July, there have been over 60 separate recalls of FDA-regulated products that were potentially contaminated with harmful or deadly bacteria. The lettuce recall is just one more reminder that the nation's food-safety system is in desperate need of repair and the pending legislation would provide urgently needed reform.
For the most current information about this outbreak, please visit the CDC’s site: "Multistate Outbreak of Human E. coli O145 Infections Linked to Shredded Romaine Lettuce from a Single Processing Facility."