Nine More Sick From Romaine E. coli Outbreak
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn against eating any romaine lettuce harvested from the central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The agency also reported Thursday that nine additional people are ill since November 26.
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Romaine E. coli Outbreak Update
Currently, the romaine E. coli outbreak has injured 52 people since October. There are 15 states reporting illnesses including California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
Last month, the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration updated their warning against eating or selling romaine lettuce products harvested in the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz,
Tracing the Outbreak
The FDA and CDC have targeted four restaurants in three different states, 10 different distributors, 12 different growers, and 11 different farms as potential sources of the contaminated lettuce. Therefore, the agencies cannot tie the romaine E. coli outbreak to a single farm, grower, harvester, or distributor. However, federal and state investigators have been inspecting farms and lettuce cooling facilities in California and collecting samples of soil, water, romaine lettuce and fecal samples to pinpoint the potential sources.
Safe edible romaine will be labeled with either a harvest location and
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E. Coli is bacteria that can cause serious, sometimes fatal, infections in humans. The CDC estimates the bacteria causes 2,000 hospitalizations each year. Plus, 10% go on to develop more serious complications like hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS can cause kidney failure, damage to the central nervous system, and ultimately death.
This is why it is important to seek representation if you are a victim of the multistate romaine E. coli outbreak or any foodborne contamination. An experienced attorney like those at The Michael Brady Lynch Firm can help you receive compensation for your losses. We have over 20 years representing injured consumers and will use every avenue to get you justice.