FDA: Wisconsin reported almost 1/3 of romaine lettuce-linked E. coli

Andrew Cummings
November 27, 2019

The affected romaine lettuce was produced in the growing region of Salinas, California, and may be used in wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salads, salad kits, or other products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a warning to consumers about romaine lettuce that may be contaminated with E. coli. Additionally, five people have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC.

Restaurants and retailers are encouraged to check the label on bags or boxes to identify the growing region or ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.


There have been 40 cases in 16 states connected to this recall, with 28 people having to go to the hospital in connection with the recall.

The illnesses started September 24 and cases have been reported through November 14, the CDC said, noting 67% of people sick were female.

Canadian health officials are warning consumers to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif., because of another food poisoning outbreak.


Wisconsin has the most cases with 21 up from 10 previously reported, followed by OH with 12, and California and Maryland had four cases.

The following eight states had one reported case each as of the Tuesday report: Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington.

As the number of people infected by E. coli has been increasing, health officials raised concerns about the consumption of Chopped romaine lettuce.


In a statement on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration announced they would be sending investigators to farms in Salinas "to look for the source of contamination". Preliminary information indicates that some of the ill people ate lettuce grown in Salinas, California.

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