CDC and FDA update E. coli Investigation; Onset Date Extended to November 18
UNITED STATES - As the FDA continues to seek a connection between the cases of the most recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and a singular source, it looks as though the investigation remains in effect, as well as the advisory for consumers not to eat romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, region.
“CDC advises that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, growing region. This includes all use-by dates and brands of romaine lettuce from this region,” a CDC release dated December 4 states.
The PMA alerted industry members of the latest details in the investigation, noting that the latest onset date has been extended to include November 18, 2019. Previously the onset date was November 14. Illness onset dates reported are all prior to the warning issued by the FDA on November 22, according to the report.
As of December 4, the CDC and the FDA report that:
- Reported Cases: 102
- States: 23
- Hospitalizations: 58
- Deaths: 0
- Recall: Yes
We continue to remain on the lookout for the latest updates while hoping for a swift end to the outbreak and closure for all those affected.