FDA: Yuma Farm tied to several E.coli cases

Frederick Owens
April 28, 2018

Five people in Washington state have reported sickness from E. coli food poisoning, as part of the widespread outbreak linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened almost 100 people in about two dozen states.

Romaine lettuce grows near Soledad, California, U.S., May 3, 2017.

"We do expect more reports of illness since there is a two-week delay between when a person becomes ill and when they are confirmed to be part of an outbreak", said Matthew Wise, deputy branch chief for outbreak response at the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.

So far, 98 people from 22 states have been sickened in the outbreak, including 10 who developed a life-threatening type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. While no deaths have been reported, the CDC also advised the public that more cases-and increased severity-could be later reported as more and more patients flock to local hospitals.

CDC'S Matt Wise said everyone should avoid eating romaine lettuce unless it's clearly not from the Yuma. Additionally, "we'd like to emphasize that most of the illnesses in this outbreak are not linked to this particular farm", Harris said.

"The FDA is continuing to investigate the source of the chopped romaine lettuce that caused these illnesses and has identified dozens of other fields as possible sources", the agency said.

North Korean Leader Leaves for Summit With South's President
South Korea hopes North Korea's leader on Friday will directly confirm his will for "complete" denuclearisation of the peninsula. North Korea's nuclear and missile tests previous year likely put it on the threshold of becoming a legitimate nuclear power.

Microsoft beats Q3 estimates; reports Azure, Office 365 strength
Thanks in part to its colossal cloud business, Microsoft earnings are drenching shareholders in dollars. Microsoft saw its stock fall as much as 2.5 percent last night despite a positive result.

Celtics Comeback Falls Short, Lose to Bucks 104-102 in Game 4
One guy that has continued to be a positive factor for the Celtics however, is their own Aussie, starting center Aron Baynes. Celtics: Stevens kept his starting five intact after the team never recovered from a disastrous first quarter in Game 3 .

"As a family-owned company with long standing roots in Yuma, we are heartbroken to learn that romaine lettuce from our farm has been linked to a group of individuals in Alaska sickened by E. Coli". Other products at the farm do not seem to be contaminated. However, Harris said it still wasn't clear how the lettuce was contaminated or if it was contaminated at the farm or elsewhere in the supply chain. Romaine lettuce is the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten by those who got sick. A Facebook page indicates the farms grow or have grown cotton and wheat in addition to lettuce.

The specific strain of E. coli, Shiga-toxin type two or STX2, has historically resulted in a higher number of hospitalized victims.

"This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce".

This is actually the biggest multi-state E. coli outbreak in more than a decade since the last one happened in 2006 when E. coli was found in spinach.

Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick. By April 10, the CDC had issued its first announcement about the E. coli illness outbreak.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER