FDA wraps up romaine lettuce e. coli investigation: Key document in the Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits
A major e. coli outbreak related to romaine lettuce in 2018 caused 62 illnesses in 16 states, leading to numerous Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits. Of those who became ill, 25 were hospitalized and 2 suffered from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded their investigation into the outbreak, which took part in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state partners, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Their findings identify the source of the e. coli contamination, a key finding in current Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits, and include recommendations for the industry on preventing future outbreaks.
The source of the 62 reported illnesses was found to be romaine lettuce grown in California in the fall of 2018 – a key finding in the Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits. Specifically, health investigators traced the e. coli to a water reservoir on a farm in Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. A sediment sample taken from there tested positive for the outbreak strain of e. coli. The farm, currently named in a number of the Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits, was also identified as one of the potential suppliers of leafy greens or romaine lettuce in the 2017 US and Canadian traceback investigations – some of those illnesses also file Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawsuits.
The CDC declared the 2018 e. coli outbreak to be over on January 9, 2019. At that point, illnesses directly related to contaminated romaine lettuce had been reported in: California (12), Connecticut (1), Washington, DC (1), Florida (1), Georgia (1), Illinois (2), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (1), Michigan (7), New Hampshire (6), New Jersey (13), New York (7), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (5), Rhode Island (1), and Wisconsin (1).
In its report, the FDA advises leafy green growers as well as buyers/shippers and retailers to develop real-time procedures that will enable them to quickly explore the possible scope, source, and routes of potentially contaminated produce when that contamination is detected by routine pre-harvest or finished product verification testing. The FDA urges the adoption of existing and emerging technologies to trace product from the field to the consumer’s kitchen in real time, which will be critical in protecting the public during a foodborne illness outbreak.
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