Hey, monocle man – is the recall still just a precaution? FDA confirms E. coli O145 in lettuce sickened over 50

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its state health partners have confirmed that the strain of E. coli O145 detected by the New York State Public Health Laboratory, Wadsworth Center, in Albany, in an unopened bag of shredded romaine lettuce distributed by Freshway Foods, matches the outbreak strain of E. coli O145.

When Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio voluntarily recalled certain romaine lettuce products last week because of the possible connection to the E.coli O145 outbreak, financial chief Devon Beer told The Packer, “It’s really a precautionary step.”

What is it now?

FDA also announced last night that federal and state investigators are attempting to determine the point in the supply chain where the contamination occurred and are investigating a farm in the Yuma, Arizona area from which the romaine lettuce was harvested. Lettuce harvested from other geographic areas does not appear to be associated with this outbreak.

Vaughan Foods of Moore, Oklahoma, a supplier of processed and packaged lettuce for use at the foodservice level, received romaine lettuce harvested from the same farm in Yuma, Arizona; the company is recalling romaine lettuce with “use-by” dates of May 9 and May 10. The recalled romaine lettuce distributed by Vaughan Foods was sold to restaurants and food service facilities and were not available for purchase at retail by consumers.

Just in salad bars and salads bought by consumers at restaurants.

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