The FDA, along with
CDC, state, and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E.
coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this
fall, the Porter County Health Department is reporting.
On Dec. 13, Adam
Bros. Farming Inc., in Santa Barbara County, recalled products that may have
come into contact with water from the water reservoir where the outbreak
strain was found. The firm recalled red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce,
and cauliflower harvested Nov. 27-30. According to the firm, cauliflower was
distributed to wholesalers in the U.S. Mexico, and Canada.
So far, none of the
recalled product has tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 and no illnesses
have been reported.
Department is recommending that consumers not eat recalled products
and instead throw them away. Likewise restaurants and retailers should not
serve or sell romaine from the same counties in California. Consumers also
should not eat romaine from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara counties
discussions with producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the
market will now be voluntarily labeled with a harvest location and a harvest
date or labeled as being hydroponically or greenhouse-grown,” the Health
Department said. “Romaine lettuce with the new labeling is available in
stores. Consumers should look for signs in stores where labels are not an
option. If signs or labels do not have this information, you should not eat
or use it.”
“If it does have
this information, we advise avoiding romaine from Monterey, San Benito, and
Santa Barbara counties in California,” the Health Department said. “Romaine
from outside those regions need not be avoided. Additional counties may be
added or subtracted as FDA traceback investigation continues.”
Consumers who have
purchased any of the referenced product are urged to return it to the place
of purchase or destroy it. Consumers with questions may contact the company
at (805) 925- 0339 or Porter County Health Department at (219) 465-3525.