Just months after the nation’s largest multi-state E. coli outbreak in a dozen years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating yet another large-scale E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened at least 32 people in 11 states.
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What’s the problem?
November 21, 2018 – Despite the large number of people infected and wide cross-section of U.S. states and Canadian territories that have been touched by the E. coli outbreak, no specific lettuce or other produce has been recalled to date by the FDA, according to USA TODAY.
“Currently, the FDA does not have enough traceback information to identify the source of the contamination that would allow us to request a targeted recall from specific suppliers,” the agency said in its recall notice, adding that the “most efficient way” is for romaine lettuce producers to voluntarily pull their products, and not to distribute more until officials determine the outbreak is over or the government can identify the source of the problem.
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the current cases:
- California: 10
- Connecticut: 1
- Illinois: 2
- Massachusetts: 2
- Maryland: 1
- Michigan: 7
- New Hampshire: 2
- New Jersey: 3
- New York: 2
- Ohio: 1
- Wisconsin: 1
E. Coli Symptoms
Symptoms of E. coli food poisoning normally appear within 24 to 72 hours after a person ingests the bacterium, according to the Mayo Clinic. In most cases, signs of infection include:
- Acute, severe diarrhea (may be bloody)
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
These symptoms usually last for 5 to 10 days, and resolve without medical intervention. However, in some cases the dehydration resulting from diarrhea is so severe that the patient must be hospitalized to replenish their fluids.
“Individuals with this infection usually get better within about five to seven days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening,” said New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “Anyone experiencing symptoms of this illness should see a healthcare provider.”
If you purchased romaine lettuce — including salads and salad mixes containing it — you should discard it immediately, whether or not you have eaten any and not gotten sick, according to the CDC.
Do I Have a Lettuce Recall Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in romaine lettuce recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli infection cases in all 50 states.
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