ALERT: E.coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce Being Investigated
Currently the CDC and FDA are investigating an outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 involving romaine lettuce. To date, investigators have not identified a grower, packer, shipper, or processor. Because of the seriousness of the outbreak, the CDC is advising consumers to not eat chopped romaine lettuce that has been grown in Yuma. Consumers may check with the restaurant/or retailer to assist them in identifying the origin of the product. The following link to the CDC website contains details of the outbreak as well as common symptoms of an E.coli infection: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html (link is external) The Arizona Department of Agricultural is communicating with the FDA and CDC and will keep the University of Arizona informed as the investigation progresses. Grower members of the Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) community take food safety very seriously. LGMA food safety programs that exist in both California and Arizona are rigorous in today’s produce industry and include mandatory food safety practices that must be followed on farms. For more information or questions, please reach out to University of Arizona contacts Dr. Paula Rivadeneira, Food Safety Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Channah Rock, Water Quality Specialist at email@example.com.