EHS Circular Letter #2018-31 UPDATE

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DATE: 11/28/18

FROM: Tracey Weeks, MS, RS

Food Protection Program Coordinator

RE: UPDATE to the Food Safety Alert on Romaine Lettuce

Yesterday CDC and FDA issued an update to the original food safety alert regarding romaine lettuce that was released last week. This update is related to a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157 infection with cases in U.S. (43 including 1 case in Connecticut) and Canada (22).

Based on new information, CDC has revised its warning to consumers based on the origin of the romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. Growers have agreed to label their romaine lettuce that is now entering the market. If product is not labeled, it should not be consumed, sold, or served. For details please see the updated announcements provided by CDC and FDA:

https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html

https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm#Consumers

https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm626716.htm

Consumers who call reporting illness believed to be related to romaine lettuce should be advised to seek medical care.