Fresh Express E. coli Lawyer Update: 8 E. coli Cases Linked to Fresh Express Salad Kits.
On December 9, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an E. coli outbreak linked to Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. The outbreak was announced after eight cases of E. coli were reported in three different states between November 5 and 15, 2019. No recalls of the products have been issued to date but Fresh Express is currently working with the CDC to investigate the source of the problem.
The CDC is currently investigating the eight reported cases of E. coli as it is still unclear if the cases are linked to the multi-state E. coli outbreak announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 26, 2019. Health officials have stated that they are still trying to determine the contaminated ingredient in the salad kits but they have said that the likely culprit is the romaine lettuce. According to the CDC, the strain of E. coli which was contracted by the 8 reported cases linked to Fresh Express Salad Kits is different than the strain of E. coli linked to the large multi estate outbreak caused by the contaminated lettuce from the Salinas area.
A warning has been issued by the CDC to all consumers to avoid eating Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits. The contaminated salad kits have UPC of “0 71279 30906 4” and lot code of “Z,” according to the CDC. Stores and restaurants are also being urged to avoid selling or serving the contaminated salad kits.
Babara H. Himes, a spokesperson for Fresh Express, said “Due to the previous CDC and FDA advisory warning against Salinas-grown romaine, retailers have already removed salads containing Salinas’s romaine from store shelves. Fresh Express stopped the use of Salinas’s romaine on Nov. 22, following the advisory.”
Consumers who have eaten the salad kits should stay vigilant for symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea which can at times be bloody, fever, and loss of appetite. Ron Simon, a national E. coli Lawyer, is advising people who believe they have symptoms of E. coli to avoid taking antibiotics unless instructed to do so by a healthcare provider, as it can lead to risks of Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS can include damage to the kidneys leading to proteinuria, dehydration, and renal failure.
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