Navigation Links
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, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The recall covers lettuce with a "best if used by" date of May 12 or earlier, as well as "grab and go" salads sold at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh grocery stores, the AP reported.

The lettuce does not include any bulk or prepackaged romaine or bagged salad mixes in retail supermarkets, the company stressed.

"Freshway Foods does not produce bulk, prepackaged romaine or bagged salad mixes containing romaine for sale in supermarkets, and therefore these products are not included in this recall," the company said in 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 agency is currently trying to isolate the point in the supply chain where contamination may have occurred.

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. All are expected to make a full recovery.

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 E.coli 0157, the AP said. According to Dr. Patricia Griffin of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just 5 percent of labs conduct tests to spot this rare strain of the pathogen.

Meanwhile, restaurants across the nation have been 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 -- said on Friday 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


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Investigating Arizona Farm as Source of Tainted Lettuce
2. Food Safety Law Firm Investigates Major Outbreak of E. coli Linked To Lettuce
3. Facebook Group for McNeil Product Recall Organizes Letter Writing Campaign – Urges Concerned Parents to Contact House of Representatives and Senators
4. FDA Found Bacteria in Ingredients for Recalled Tylenol, Benadryl
5. Drug Maker Recalls More Than 40 Allergy, Cold Meds for Kids
6. Massive Food Flavoring Recall Underscores Need for New Tracking Technology to Contain Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness
7. Ruiz Foods Recalls 1 Tornados Flavor
8. Herr Foods Inc. Recalls ‘Herr's Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Flavored' Kettle Style Potato Chips Because of Possible Health Risk
9. Mincing Overseas Spice Company Voluntarily Recalls Two Lots of Black Pepper
10. Survey: Toyota owners maintain high overall satisfaction despite recalls
11. Defective Child Product Recall Involves New York Personal Injury Attorneys
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... ... Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible lice infestation, as reported by ... lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human host, and to infest common ... the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. , As lice are a ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, ... and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained ... Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of ... of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even ... progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Marne, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... awareness about the dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, ... for individuals who are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. ... The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top ... Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals ... waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of ... acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: ... p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). As previously announced ... into a definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... VEGAS , June 26, 2016 ... to value-based care operating models within the health care ... enable greater financial efficiency , Deloitte offers a ... the key business issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor ... , These services facilitate better outcomes and better ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen Matrix") the ... of collagen and mineral based medical devices for ... Bill Messer has joined the company as ... the growing portfolio of oral surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic ... joins the Collagen Matrix executive team as an ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: