Or, perhaps more concerning, it could be an indication of manufacturing-related issues, Marler said. Commenters who repeatedly violate community guidelines may be suspended, causing them to temporarily lose their ability to engage with comments. Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of approximately 21 days meaning some people could have contaminated lettuce in their homes. Until the 1990s, most E. Romaine lettuce grown in Canada, including hydroponic lettuce and lettuce grown in greenhouses, is not associated with this E. The , when Yuma romaine was still available in stores and the. That outbreak was traced to the Yuma, Arizona, growing region, but investigators never conclusively determined the precise source.
Meanwhile, dairy and eggs cause 20 percent, meat and poultry are the culprits in only 22 percent of cases, and fish and shellfish just 6 percent. People can become infected with E. It may be in a clean and clear bag but it has been cut in the fields and shipped to the East Coast. That's because there are many opportunities for bacteria to spread to these products and they're usually eaten raw, so bacteria aren't killed by cooking. Runoff from cattle farms can also contaminate fields where fresh produce is grown.
And the foods most frequently implicated here are probably not what you think. Canada linked its cases to romaine lettuce specifically, although the U. Should I worry about other fresh kale products? They are still investigating the exact cause of the outbreak. And we tend to eat most produce raw. It produces a Shiga toxin that in severe cases can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. This condition which includes symptoms such as extreme fatigue, decreased urination and paleness in the cheeks and under the eyes typically occurs about 7 days after E. Meanwhile, prices for other types of lettuce have soared.
Thirty-two people got sick, and nine. They need to be washed before eaten. But figuring out where your greens come from is no easy task. To register for the meeting, or for further details,. Unlike many bacteria, Listeria can grow in the cold temperature of the refrigerator. Instead of shipping heads of lettuce or large carrot sticks that people wash, we chop them and mix them up in processing, then package them in plastic bags. In more recent years, after reforms in the livestock industry, the outbreaks have been most often associated with leafy greens.
Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It can also get on lettuce when food handlers don't wash their hands properly after coming into contact with E. Check , too, and avoid those that contain romaine. Romaine lettuce also has a shelf life of about three weeks, say government health officials, so potentially infected lettuce is probably no longer available for consumers. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. The strain is especially dangerous for people because it produces a nasty Shiga toxin. All romaine should be avoided.
Coli outbreak - and recall - has centered around produce from the Yuma, Arizona area. The latest outbreak does not appear to be connected to the Yuma outbreak. The retailer had tossed out all its romaine lettuce produce at first news of the outbreak, but has restocked since with the California lettuces. One of the meetings is set for Dec. While if they are infected with E.
Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California is safe to eat. Health officials have found no other lettuce aside from romaine to be impacted by the outbreak. Nine of those people have been hospitalized and one confirmed dead in the United States. Additional handling could introduce bacteria from your hands, the cutting board, the sink or nearby raw foods. In more recent years, after reforms in the livestock industry, the outbreaks have been most often associated with leafy greens.
Listeria monocytogenes live in soil, the intestines of animals and, therefore, are excreted in their feces and untreated water. The illness can be spread from person to person through direct contact. The symptoms of infection include cramping, vomiting, diarrhea, and, rarely, kidney failure and death. Some Canadian stores have pulled romaine off of their store shelves. Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based private practice dietitian, is Director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan. The Food and Drug Administration announced recently that it will hold four one-day public meetings to discuss the recently published draft guidance created to help farmers meet the requirements of the.
Marler further suggested consumers avoid everything from sprouts stemming from sprouts sickened roughly 3,000 people in Germany in 2011 , raw juices and milk. Instead he purchases ingredients separately, washes and prepares them. The recent outbreak of E. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to. That outbreak was declared over in January. According to the Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration determined the romaine lettuce that caused the outbreak appears to be from California's Central Coast region. By Joel Achenbach and Lena H.
Over the past seven weeks, 59 people in the U. One in six Americans get sick from food — many of them from salads Some get sick from the food every year. In the United States, however, the vegetable may still not be safe. At least two have people have suffered kidney failure. Most people recover from the infection within one week.