The CDC is investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened dozens of
people in 10 states – and all signs point to romaine lettuce as
the likely culprit.
The outbreak appeared to have ended last month, but not before 60 people
were stricken by E. coli. Half were hospitalized. Two victims suffered
No product names were revealed and there's no practical advice for
The CDC reported that many of the ill ate from a salad bar at an unidentified
grocery store chain that sourced its lettuce "from a single lettuce
processing facility via a single distributor."
"This indicates that contamination of romaine lettuce likely occurred
before the product reached grocery store Chain A locations," the
investigation announcement said.
Illnesses also were reported by people who ate salad at university campuses
in Minnesota and Missouri.
Ilnesses were reported in the following states: Arizona (1), Arkansas (2),
Georgia (1), Illinois (9), Indiana (2), Kansas (3), Kentucky (1), Minnesota
(3), Missouri (37), and Nebraska (1).
The FDA last month announced the recall of bagged romaine lettuce because
of possible E. coli contamination. It was unclear whether that recall
bears any relation to today's CDC announcement.
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