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Romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli traced to single Arizona farm
The Centers for Disease Control warn consumers against Yuma's, Aris, roasted romaine lettuce, which says it can cause disease from E. coli bacteria , Dozens of people from nearly 20 countries have recently been made ill by the bacteria. (26th of April)
PHOENIX – Public health officials identified a farm in Yuma, Ariz., Which has been linked to eight cases of an E. coli outbreak that affected 98 people in 22 states.  CLOSE
A recent outbreak of E. coli in 11 states has been linked by state investigators to sliced, ground-up Romaine lettuce grown in pieces in Yuma, Arizona. Consumer Reports recommends – for the second time since January – that consumers avoid romaine lettuce for everything
Harrison Farms was the source of whole heads of romaine lettuce sold to a prison in Nome, Alaska, where eight inmates became ill after eating rotten salad.
But officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration warned on Friday that Harrison Farms has not been linked to the other 90 cases yet to be investigated.
Harrison Farm officials phoned several times on Friday and within minutes, Harrison Farms lawyers said on Friday that the eight cases had only one Make up a fraction of the total cases
"There is a genuine concern about the source and biggest take-away of this is that they do not know all the sources," said Bradley Sullivan, a lawyer from Sacramento, who specializes in agricultural cases , "You can not say that Harrison is the source of the other 90 cases, they are unlikely to be, and if they could have made this connection, they would have said that."
Sullivan said it was an unconventional outburst. He said that there could be multiple outbreaks at the same time or multiple farms affected by the same sources as water or animals.
There could have been an unexpected disruption in the distribution chain, meaning that lettuce could be contaminated by a processor or shipper and sent to various buyers, Sullivan said.
"Everyone wants to know where he comes from." he said. "I feel bad for Harrison Farms because they are blamed for the whole thing."
Doctors at the CDC and the FDA said at a conference call on Friday that they would investigate various clusters of the outbreak and "have narrowed it down to a few dozen farms."
They repeated warnings to consumers, not romaine lettuce to eat in the Yuma region. Public health officials said they cover whole heads, hearts and sacks of shredded romaine lettuce and spring mixtures.
In the last two days, 14 more people were put on the list of sufferers in a national E. coli outbreak in March. Eight cases were reported in Arizona.
Thus, in 22 states, a total of 98 people are suffering from the virulent bacterial infection, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
The number of sick people moves at the age of 1 years to 88 years. Pennsylvania, California, and Idaho reported the largest number of cases.
The lack of information on a particular source had paralyzed lettuce growers in Arizona and California, who produce the bulk of the national salad.
Farms in the Yuma region feed North America from January to March every year with the vast majority of its leafy vegetables.
The food supplier of the prison, Kenya's Country Foods IGA, confirmed that the salad came from Yuma but could not deliver the name of the breeder] Bill Marler, a state-approved food safety lawyer in Seattle, represents 32 people by the salad salad were sick, including seven people with kidney failure. Among them is a 13-year-old girl in New York, who is now at home in dialysis, and a 6-year-old boy in California who has undergone three blood transfusions.
Marler said one of his clients was an Arizona woman who was hospitalized for five days. He said she got sick for three days after eating a salad in a restaurant. The health authority confirmed that its case was related to the national outbreak.
Diseases that occurred in the last two to three weeks could not be reported because of the time between a person's illness with E. coli and the disease, reports CDC.
The number of actual cases could vary depending on when they were reported and DNA testing. For example, Alaska health officials said the eight inmates were positively associated with the outbreak, but so far the CDC has counted only five Alaska cases.
Includes information from Reporter Bree Burkitt of Arizona Republic.
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