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Lettuce Recall in 23 States

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, May 10, 2010 11:28 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: E. coli contamination, Lettuce, Food-borne illness, FDA, CDC

This Just In-Tuesday p.m.

The lettuce recall is being expanded. Vaughan foods of Moore, Oklahoma is recalling lettuce with the use by dates of May 9 and 10. The lettuce was sold to food service facilities and restaurants. This after the Freshway Foods recall last week of romaine lettuce, the E. coli 0145 traced to a farm in Yuma, Arizona. Vaughan got lettuce from the same farm. A sickened Ohio State University student Sued Freshway on Tuesday. He was hospitalized for bloody diarrhea and dehydration and his stool tested positive for E. coli 0145. Consumers are urged not to eat “grab and go” salad preparations from in-store salad bars, delis at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh Stores.

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IMAGE SOURCE: CDC Web site map of latest outbreaks

A nationwide recall of lettuce is underway after 19 people have been sickened with bacterial contamination.

The Food and Drug Administration reports that 10 other possible cases of illnesses are being considered.

Freshway and Imperial Sysco brand romaine lettuce products were distributed to delis, in-store salad bars, wholesalers and food service outlets. Also affected are the “grab and go” salads sold at Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, Marsh grocery stores and Kroger.

A search of the plant in Sidney, Ohio, has not uncovered any contamination.

AP reports that the lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illnesses have been reported in Michigan (10 confirmed and 3 probable); New York (2 confirmed and 5 probable); and Ohio (7 confirmed and 2 probable). The illnesses began April 10 and infected individuals ranging in age from 13 to 29.

12 individuals have been hospitalized, 3 with HUS or hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious potentially life-threatening condition where the body’s ability to clot blood are altered. That can cause blocked circulation or bleeding in the brain and kidneys.

E. coli contamination which can cause bloody diarrhea, vomiting and cramps. More serious health problems can include hemolytic uremic syndrome that can cause bleeding in the brain or kidneys and three patients have been diagnosed as a result of this contamination.

The affected lettuce has been traced to a farm in Arizona. It bears a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier.

Early Reports

College students at the University of Michigan, as well as students at Daemen College in Amherst, New York were the first to report the health problems.

After an investigation of several weeks, a New York state public health lab discovered the E. coli contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded lettuce on Wednesday. The bag came from a plant that also has a link to the illness, though the FDA is not revealing the name of that facility while the investigation is underway.

Difficult to Identify

E. coli 0157:H7 is the more common type of bacterial contamination often found in ground beef, though it has also been found in raw cookie dough and peppers. E. coli is a bacteria that lives in your intestines and is harmless. There is no treatment other than drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

This particular strain of E. coli contamination is E. coli 0145 is more difficult to identify but has caused illnesses in Michigan, Ohio and New York. Because it is in the Shinga toxin producing E. coli or STEC, the CDC reports there are limited public health surveillance data on the occurrence of non 0157 STECs therefore the outbreaks may go unreported.

The House gave the FDA more authority to police food production, but so far the Senate has not acted on it. The public advocacy group Safe Tables Our Priority promotes stronger inspections and consumer protection to eliminate the 76 million illnesses and 5,000 deaths that come from food-borne contamination. #


4 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by st
Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:10 AM EST

ISN'T MOST LETTUCE "BAGGED" IN THE FARM FIELDS?

WHY haven’t the USDA and the EPA tested the farm fields and/or farmers “CROPS” when Salmonella and/or E coli has been found?

WHY haven’t the USDA and the EPA checked to see if any of the crops have had bio-control products used on them?

*Biopesticides, Biofungicides and Bioinsecticides that are manufactured and used on farmer’s crops are LIVING microorganisms (bacteria and/or fungi).

ARE any of these bio-control “products” contaminated?

WHY does the USDA and the EPA allow Biopesticides, Biofungicides and Bioinsecticides to be MANUFACTURED IN MEXICO and USED on American crops and for insect control?

**IF THERE IS "NO FEAR" OF CONTAMINATION IN BIO-CONTROL PRODUCTS;
WHY does the EPA Form 8570-6 say?:

QUOTE:
“After fermentation and prior to further processing, each batch must be tested for the following microbial contaminants and have levels below those listed”:

•”E. coli Coliform Bacteria”
•”Salmonella”
•”Shigella”
•”Staphlococci”
•”Vibrio”
•”Yeast”
•”Mold”

Posted by Jane Akre
Thursday, May 13, 2010 12:45 PM EST

You raise some excellent questions which we will pose to the FDA. Thank you!!

Anonymous User
Posted by st
Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:21 PM EST

You're so VERY welcome.

I have notified public officials AND U.S. government office's about these issue for a LONG time now. Either I get NO response or I am placated.

I suspect the lobbying groups for the biotech industry as well as INVESTORS are behind the cover-up. The USDA, EPA and the FDA ignore it all, WHY? My belief is they are part of the concealment. It's mind boggling when you see WHO is in WHO's pocket.

If these food borne illnesses DON'T stop then there will be no place on earth with good and healthy foods left; for animals as well as humans.

In a video; the FOUNDER of a biotech company that manufactures bio-control products said, "Ok, [PRODUCT] took 20 months for registration, actually that seems fast to me now, but at the time...where was I? I start-up the company in ‘95, I raised my first venture capital in ‘97, submitted the package for [PRODUCT] in ‘98... 2000... it still wasn’t approved, investor’s were on my tail. I raised 20 million at that point. Investor’s were hounding me, they thought I was incompetent and.. and what’s going on? And so, finally what they did was they actually called their congress people on their own to rattle around and put pressure on the agency [EPA] to approve [PRODUCT]. That does not endear you to the agency [EPA], actually it’s counter productive to do.. to do that actually, but in this case I couldn’t hold back my investors there was.. they were the money people and that’s just the way it was.

Anonymous User
Posted by st
Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:49 AM EST

BELOW ARE THE CROPS THAT HAVE HAD BIO-CONTROL PRODUCTS USED ON THEM (This list is NOT current)

*You will see which human pathogen HAS BEEN LINKED to each crops:

*food illness; ALMONDS – salmonella
*food illness; CANTALOUPES – salmonella
*food illness; CEREAL CROPS – salmonella
*food illness; LETTUCE – salmonella
*food illness; PEANUTS – salmonella
*food illness; PEPPERS – salmonella
*food illness; PISTACHIO NUTS – salmonella
*food illness; SESAME (oil Crop) – salmonella
*food illness; SPINACH – salmonella AND e. coli
*food illness; TOMATOES – salmonella

The above DOES NOT take into account – ANIMAL FEED

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