Final update from FDA and CDC for E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in CA

As of January 9, 2019, the CDC reports that the outbreak appears to be over. The outbreak caused 62 illnesses and 25 hospitalizations in 17 states. Contaminated romaine no longer is available on the market. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) also coordinated with U.S. agencies as they investigated a similar outbreak in Canada. On December 24, PHAC reported that the outbreak in Canada had ended. As a result of this outbreak romaine lettuce will now be voluntarily labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. In the case of future product withdrawals or recalls, this will help consumers to determine that romaine they are buying is from an unaffected growing region. @ https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm?utm_campaign=Outbreak_Romaine_01092019&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm?utm_campaign=Outbreak_Romaine_01092019&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua
FDA Continues Investigation into Source of E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in CA; CDC Reports End to Associated Illnesses

The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.

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