Romaine lettuce that is sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands in the District of Columbia and in 23 states is being recalled because of an E. coli outbreak. At least 19 people in New York, Michigan, and Ohio, which includes students from three college campuses have been taken ill.
Of those taken ill twelve were hospitalized with three having life-threatening conditions. Another ten cases are being investigated by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which could be linked to the lettuce.
Lettuce grown in Arizona is thought to be the possible cause of the E. coli outbreak according to people who have been interviewed by the FDA. An infection of this type can have severe medical complications like kidney damage or at the very least cause mild diarrhea.
Freshway Foods have said that no contamination was found at their Sidney plant after a thorough investigation by the FDA. The recalled lettuce has a “best if used by” date of May 12th or earlier. Grab and go salads found at Marsh, Ingles Markets, Giant Eagle, and Kroger grocery stores are also affected.
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