Days after the FDA highlighted a new romaine recall involving potential E. coli contamination, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that they are investigating a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to leafy green – although, he notes, not yet. knows if it’s the lettuce’s fault. Disease-related illnesses have been reported in a total of six states and have resulted in several hospitalizations.
The CDC issued an Investigation Notice on November 10, stating that it is working with regulatory and public health authorities, as well as the FDA, to investigate this current E. coli outbreak. A total of 12 infections have been reported involving the E. coliO157: H7 strain.
Of these cases, five people were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported until November 10. The CDC says laboratory tests found the strain behind this outbreak in a sample of romaine lettuce from Tanimura & Antle, the company that issued the recall on November 6.
The recall involved single romaine that was packaged in mid-October, but the CDC notes that there is insufficient data at the moment to say whether that lettuce was the cause of these infections. The investigation is investigating whether there may be other products contaminated with this specific strain of E. coli.
Right now, the public is being told to avoid romaine recall and to contact a doctor if symptoms of E. coli appear. The full investigation note includes the current details and will be the source of future CDC updates.