A new romaine recall was issued, this one about the potential contamination with E. coli. The recall covers romaine lettuce sold as single-headed products and was made voluntarily “very carefully,” according to Tanimura & Antle, Inc., the company behind the recall. Lettuce was sold in 20 states in the United States.
The lettuce collected presents one packaged on the date of 15/10/2020 or 16/10/2020; the company notes that no other packaging or lettuce product dates are covered by this recall. In addition, the company says there have been no reports of illnesses related to the recall.
The risk of contamination applies specifically to E. coli O157: H7, according to the recall notice published by the FDA. Those who contract the disease may experience diarrhea, but healthy individuals usually recover within a week or more. However, young children and the elderly are more at risk of developing kidney failure from E. coli, which can lead to death in extreme cases.
Due to the dates when the lettuce was packaged – mid-October – the company points out that hardly any of this product remains due to the lettuce’s short shelf life. However, in the event that you have this lettuce nearby, the company says to throw it away without eating.
It is not clear how the potential contamination by E. coli was detected, but no other lettuce products have been removed at this time. This is not the first time that we have seen the romaine being collected because of the risk of E. coli, and some previous recalls have been much more extensive.