Feds zero in on source of E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce, and there’s not a cow in sight; more illnesses reported
| CBS NEWS – Officials have lifted some of the restrictions on the types of romaine lettuce consumers can safely eat after zeroing in on the source of an E. coli outbreak.
The FDA said the problem appears to be coming from lettuce grown in three California counties.
“We’ve identified a positive sample result for the outbreak strain in the sediment of a local irrigation reservoir used by a single farm owned and operated by Adam Bros. Farms in Santa Barbara County,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., said in a statement. [A review of Google Earth images reveals no livestock operations in the vicinity of Adam Bros. Farms. – Ed.]
The FDA said the farm has not shipped any romaine lettuce since Nov. 20 and has “committed to recalling products” that came into contact with the water supply. HIGH RISK: Crappy Salad Recall Expands To 8 States
In a press briefing Thursday, health officials said other farms are likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and urged consumers to check labels and not eat lettuce harvested in the following California counties:
- Santa Barbara
- San Benito
Romaine lettuce harvested outside of these areas after Nov. 23 doesn’t appear to be involved in the outbreak, the FDA said.
According to the CDC, 59 people in 15 states have been sickened by the E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce.
Twenty-three people have been hospitalized, including two people who developed kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
The AP reports a man who answered the phone at Adam Bros. Farms said he could not comment on the government announcement.
According to the company’s website, it grows various types of lettuce as well as vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and celery. Romaine Lettuce: “Unsafe To Eat In Any Form”