Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Spreads

May 14th, 2010 - 9:40 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

May 14, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Romaine lettuce has been in the glare of publicity lately after the unearthing of E. coli poison in them. The outbreak of E. coli poisoning has spread to Tennessee and, thus far, 23 cases have been established. The powers that be fear that the number of cases can be even higher as the strain of E. coli mixed up in the outbreak is atypical and hard to detect.

There have been two recalls of lettuce since the outbreak, both by distributors, who bought lettuce from the same Yuma farm in Arizona. One of them being Vaughn Foods of Moore in Oklahoma, which enunciated a recall on Monday, and another being Freshway Foods anchored in Ohio, which proclaimed a 23-state recall of romaine lettuce last week. Thus far, Lettuce farms in other geographical zones in the nation have not demonstrated any impact of the outbreak.

The outbreak formerly took place in Michigan, Ohio, and New York, mostly amongst school and college students, who wolfed the lettuce in cafeterias.

Bill Marler, a legal representative of food security, divulged that consumers should not relinquish eating a good thing out of trepidation and emphasized that whole lettuce was a securer alternative than the bagged variety.

Specialists have mentioned that the E. coli outbreak is associated with production practices, harvesting, packing, processing and food handling. It can get in the food through compost, polluted water utilized during growing or harvesting, or handling food inappropriately at a store, restaurant or even home.

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