Romaine lettuce sold by Walmart recalled for E. coli
An outbreak of E. coli infections has been reported in six states in the United States, and at least 12 people have been reported dead with five hospitalised, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The notice from CDC is connected to a voluntary recall of romaine lettuce packages sold under the name, 'Tanimura & Antle' at Walmart stores.
On November 6, Tanimura & Antle said the affected goods were distributed to 19 states and Puerto Rico. The recalled romaine lettuce was labelled with a 'Packed On' date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020.
Lab test result identified the outbreak strain in a sample of the Tanimura $ Antle's single romaine lettuce. The lettuce was analysed after collection by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of routine Sampling.
Even though the E. coli strain found in the sampled romaine was the same as identified among the sick people, CDC said it is yet to determine whether the recalled lettuce is the cause of the sickness.
"There is not enough epidemiologic and traceback information available at this time to determine if ill people got sick from eating Tanimura and Antle romaine lettuce", the CDC said even as investigation continues.
Among the states listed by CDC to be affected by the outbreak include Illinois, Carlifornia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The company speaking via a statement on the FDA website said, "It is unlikely that this product remains at retail establishments due to the shelf life of lettuce and the number of days that have passed".
However, consumers have been advised not to eat any remaining packages of the romaine lettuce in their homes. No other products or packing dates are part of the recall.
E. coli is an infection that can cause severe kidney failure or even death especially if untreated.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhoea, stomach cramps and vomiting, usually about 3-4 days after eating. In the mild cases, patients get better within a week.
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