This investigation involves collecting and analyzing potentially hundreds of distribution records to trace the romaine that may have been available at points of exposure reported by ill people to their source.
Another recall of romaine lettuce from Salinas, CA has been issued due to potential E.coli contamination. Some suffered kidney failure because of the contaminated greens, according to a CDC report.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and public health and regulatory officials from several states are investigating the multi-state outbreak. Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and Washington have also reported people infected.The CDC first issued an advisory last month after 67 people became ill.Most people infected with that strain of E. coli can experience diarrhea, which is often bloody, and vomiting. There have been no reported cases in NY. Anyone ordering salad containing romaine at a restaurant or a salad bar should ask the staff if the lettuce came from Salinas, officials said. This includes all use-by dates and brands of romaine lettuce from this region.
If you don't know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, don't eat it. Throw it away.
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The FDA noted that the strain of E. coli identified in the current outbreak is a familiar one.
Based on available traceback data, the FDA has requested that industry members voluntarily withdraw romaine grown in Salinas from the market and withhold distribution of Salinas romaine for the remainder of the area's growing season.
On Thursday, the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed it was working with the CDC. Some of its types are pathogenic that can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people.