Food UPDATE: National E. coli Outbreak Is Worsening, a Blanket Ban On Romaine Lettuce Is Recommended

17:36  20 april  2018
17:36  20 april  2018 Source:   cookinglight.com

Enjoy your salad. It's safe to eat romaine lettuce again, CDC says

  Enjoy your salad. It's safe to eat romaine lettuce again, CDC says The E. coli outbreak that made 172 people sick in 32 states is most likely over, the CDC says It's finally safe to eat romaine lettuce again.Any romaine lettuce being sold now is almost certainly not from the Yuma, Arizona region and so unlikely to carry the E. coli bacteria that's been making people sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.The outbreak has made 172 people sick in 32 states, and one person has died, the CDC said. More cases may get reported, but the shelf-life of romaine lettuce is not long and no more is being harvested from the affected area.

UPDATE : CDC Says E . coli Outbreak May Not Be Related to Romaine Lettuce . Here’s Why You Should Never Shrug Off a National Recall. General.

It's possible that romaine lettuce is the source of a recent E . coli outbreak . Consumer Reports is recommending that Americans avoid all romaine lettuce for now, but other food safety experts say it may be too soon to blame romaine for the outbreak .


(Via Time)

UPDATE: The national recall of romaine lettuce has worsened since the FDA and CDC first traced an E.coli outbreak back to Arizona, and now both organizations are recommending a blanket ban on all romaine lettuce.

An additional five states have sprouted new cases, and health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of more than 60 percent, which the CDC says is twice the normal rate.

The CDC released an update citing 53 confirmed E.coli sicknesses across 16 different states nationwide—more than 31 people needed to be rushed to the hospital stemming from romaine-related infections, and five of them have developed a rare kind of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome. The newest cases are popping up in Alaska, California, Louisiana, Montana, and Arizona itself.

More E. Coli Infections Tied to Romaine Lettuce Have Been Reported, CDC Says

  More E. Coli Infections Tied to Romaine Lettuce Have Been Reported, CDC Says Cases are piling up in an E. coli outbreak likely tied to chopped romaine lettuce, according to an update issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eighteen people from five states have been added to the CDC’s investigation since the agency first alerted the public to the E. coli outbreak on Friday, bringing the total to 53 people sickened in 16 states. The E. coli outbreak has led to 31 hospitalizations, according to the CDC, but no deaths have been reported.

Consumer Reports states that at least 58 people have been sickened by romaine -related E . coli , with five hospitalizations and one death, which makes this a very serious strain of the bacteria indeed. Both Canadian authorities and Consumer Reports are recommending that nobody eat romaine lettuce

Romaine Lettuce Is Being Linked to a Deadly E . Coli Outbreak . Your resolution to eat more salad is going to have to wait. By Andrew Bui.

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Both the CDC and the FDA have doubled down in warning shoppers and home cooks about this massive recall. This is the first time in recent years, the agencies have recommend a blanket ban.

“If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. If you have already purchased products containing chopped romaine lettuce, including bagged salads, salad mixes, or prepared salads, throw them away,” the FDA writes, in a new update released on Wednesday.

Health officials are wary of the everyday shopper's ability to effectively identify the at-risk romaine lettuce, which was produced specifically in Yuma, Arizona. And this particular recall is extra worrisome given that Arizona is one of the nation's leading providers of all kinds of produce: There are more than 1,300 farms in operation in the state with upwards of 26 million acres of farmland used to grow food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Is Sending an Unusually High Number of People to the Hospital

  The Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Is Sending an Unusually High Number of People to the Hospital The E. coli outbreak that has the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging consumers to avoid romaine lettuce is linked to an unusually high number of hospitalizations, according to an update issued Wednesday. Thirty-one more cases have been added to an ongoing investigation into the outbreak, bringing the total number of sick individuals across 19 states to 84. About 54% of these patients — 42 out of the 78 with available information — have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. That’s significantly higher than the infection’s typical 30% hospitalization rate, according to the agency.

The CDC’s report adds that the outbreak began in mid-November and is still being tested to see if the Canadian E . Coli cases are linked to the patients in the U.S. The organization stopped short of issuing a full ban on eating romaine lettuce until it finishes its investigation into the illnesses.

U.S. and Canadian health officials are continuing to investigate whether romaine lettuce is at the heart of an E . coli 0157:H7 outbreak in 13 states and Canada over the last seven weeks. ® 2012-2017 National Restaurant Association. All rights reserved.

But with the FDA's formal warning, and reports of retailers pulling all romaine products and prepared salads from their shelves, it might be best to simply avoid romaine for the foreseeable future. If you're hungry for a Caesar salad, try using kale.

The original article, published on April 16, continues below:

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It's the second time this year that Americans are being warned to stay away from romaine lettuce due to E.coli contamination, following a massive outbreak in January that killed one and sickened 50-plus others across the United States and Canada. The latest bout has affected 35 people in 11 different states.

But the outbreak might be even more worrisome as the tainted lettuce has made its way into prepared, ready-to-eat salads sold across the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that three people are being treated for a rare kidney failure known as "hemolytic uremic syndrome" after eating the contaminated lettuce. According to the agency, and with the help of the Food and Drug Administration, the source of the latest round of E.coli poisoning stems from romaine producers in the Yuma, Arizona region.

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However, the type of E . coli making people ill resembles that linked to a similar recent outbreak in Canada, where the Public Health Agency of Canada identified romaine lettuce as the source, the CDC said.

UPDATE : E . Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Is Over, Reports the CDC. Until romaine is given the all clear, Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, and Nutrition Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends trying arugula, spring mix, butter lettuce , cabbage, or spinach instead.

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They haven't identified which grower, distributor, supplier, or even brand is responsible for spreading the sickness just yet.

More than 90 percent of those affected by the outbreak said they ate romaine lettuce before getting sick, including those served chopped salads at local restaurants. Before the CDC and FDA pinpointed the general source, some news outlets reported a possible link between Panera Bread salads and a few serious E.coli cases in New Jersey last week—but it's unclear if the salads served at these restaurants included lettuce grown in Arizona.

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In addition to asking consumers to toss lettuce that has been purchased recently—especially products sourced from the Arizona region—the CDC says that there are a few pre-packaged salads and salad mixes that could be at risk.

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  Restaurants Tell Jittery Customers to Romaine Calm Amid Lettuce Recall &nbsp;The government is still investigating how romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, apparently became contaminated with E. coli bacteria.&nbsp;Restaurants’ advice to their customers? Romaine calm.

At least that's the word from some food-safety experts, who are warning that a dangerous E . coli outbreak spreading throughout North America may be linked to romaine lettuce . Recommended Video.

The CDC’s report adds that the outbreak began in mid-November and is still being tested to see if the Canadian E . Coli cases are linked to the patients in the U.S. The organization stopped short of issuing a full ban on eating romaine lettuce until it finishes its investigation into the illnesses.

Food Safety News reports that mixed salads available at regional grocery chain Market District have been compromised, including four different varieties under its in-house "Great to Go" brand. Some of the prepared meals that could be tainted include chicken caesar salad, chicken and bacon salad, and a chef's salad with ham, turkey, and hard-boiled eggs.

The CDC is still working to find which particular Arizona source is responsible for the E.coli outbreak, but you can see how this outbreak affects your area by taking a look at the up-to-date map of case counts published by the CDC right here. It'll help you avoid any chance of possibly falling ill, including suffering the seriously awful side effects of severe stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Here Are the E. Coli Symptoms to Watch Out For, Just in Case You Ate Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Recently .
<p>The CDC is keeping an updated map online of which states have been affected by the outbreak (and there are many). Here are the symptoms of Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. coli.</p><p></p>First, there was a salmonella-related recall of 200 million eggs earlier this week. And now, people are being instructed to steer clear of a popular salad green. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it's investigating an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) that's been linked to romaine lettuce, which can cause symptoms like bloody diarrhea.

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