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FDA Investigating Arizona Farm as Source of Tainted Lettuce
Date:5/7/2010

a news release.

According to the AP, Freshway Vice President Devon Beer, said the company has been working with FDA to trace the contaminated lettuce back to the (as yet unidentified) grower in Yuma, Ariz.

The health effects of E. coli infection can range from mild diarrhea to more severe illness, including kidney damage. According to the AP, the three patients with life-threatening illness have developed a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can trigger hemorrhage in the brain or kidneys.

Complicating matters is the fact that the strain identified in the lettuce is E.coli 0145, not the much more common and more easily identified and reported E.coli 0157, the AP said.

In the meantime, restaurants across the nation are rushing to assure customers that their salads are safe to eat. According to CNN, Yum! Brands -- which owns chains such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's -- has said that Freshway Foods does not supply lettuce to any of its restaurants.

More information

For more details on the recall, head to the U.S. Food and Drug administration.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCES: May 6, 2010, news release, Freshway Foods; May 7, 2010, Associated Press, CNN


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