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Tainted Lettuce Recall Expands
Date:5/11/2010

Distributors in Oklahoma, Massachusetts asked to pull back products

TUESDAY, May 11 (HealthDay News) -- A recall of E.coli-tainted lettuce expanded late Monday as another food company said it was recalling lettuce grown on an Arizona farm currently under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a potential source of the outbreak.

According to the Associated Press, California-based Andrew Smith Co., said it is recalling lettuce sold to Vaughan Foods of Moore, Okla., as well as a distributor in Massachusetts. Andrew Smith spokeswoman Amy Philpott told the AP that she would not identify the Massachusetts distributor because the lettuce in question is already past its expiration date.

In the meantime, the FDA is investigating the Yuma, Ariz.-based farm as a potential source of contaminated lettuce that has so far sickened 19 people nationwide. Possible E. coli contamination has already prompted the recall of Freshway Foods' romaine lettuce, which is sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia, the FDA said last week.

The agency said the lettuce may be linked to cases of E. coli illness in Michigan, Ohio and New York that involved the hospitalization of 12 people, three with potentially life-threatening symptoms, the AP reported.

College students at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., have been among those sickened in the outbreak, according to local state health departments. Middle and high school students in Wappingers Falls and Hopewell Junction, N.Y., all fell ill, the AP reported, although no new cases among middle and high school students have been reported since April 25.

According to Ohio-based Freshway Foods, the lettuce was sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, in-store salad bars and delis in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, India
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