E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) — Federal and state health officials say they’ve linked an E. coli outbreak in Michigan, Ohio and New York to romaine lettuce distributed by Freshway Foods Inc.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials said the strain of E. coli was traced to an unopened bag of shredded romaine lettuce distributed by the Sidney, Ohio, company to wholesalers and food service outlets.

The FDA said it has so far received 19 reports of E. coli infections in the three states, including 12 people who have been hospitalized and three with a potentially life threatening complication.

Investigators said they are attempting to determine the point in the supply chain at which the contamination occurred and are investigating a farm in the Yuma, Ariz., where the lettuce was harvested.

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