June 25, 2010: Final Update To Freshway Foods E. Coli Romain Lettuce Outbreak

On May 21, 2010, the CDC issued its final update to the recent E. coli O145 outbreak linked to shredded romaine lettuce.  The outbreak investigation led to the May 6, Freshway Foods Recall for its shredded romaine lettuce products, after the outbreak strain of E. coli O145 was detected in an unopened bag of Freshway shredded romaine. 

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Although unnamed, it has been reported that the E. coli contaminated lettuce was supplied by a single farm in Yuma, Arizona. 

In its final outbreak update, the CDC reported the following: 

  •  A total of 26 confirmed and 7 probable E. coli O145 outbreak cases were reported from March 1 to May 20, 2010.
  • The illnesses were reported from five states as follows: Michigan (11 confirmed and 2 probable), New York (5 confirmed and 2 probable), Ohio (8 confirmed and 3 probable), Pennsylvania (1 confirmed), and Tennesee (1 confirmed).
  • For the 30 E. coli O145 patients with available information, 12 (40%) were hospitalized.
  • Three of the outbreak victims developed a serious and life threatening complication of E. coli infection known as hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS. 

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To learn more about E. coli food poisoning and its symptoms please see E. coli Food Poisoning and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS).

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