More than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad has been recalled after 17 people in eight states got infected with the disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Wednesday that 17 people had been infected with E.coli in eight states but no death has occurred. Initially, the CDC said that it suspected Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad as the cause of the outbreak. The agency reported that it found E. coli in a sealed package of the salad in one of the sick person’s home. The patient lives in Maryland, one of the eight states where the outbreak occurred. However, patients in other States have not reported eating the same brand of salad, the CDC reports.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday said that over 75,000 pounds of packaged salad have been recalled by different manufacturers following reports that seven persons with E. coli were hospitalized and two of them developed kidney failure.
One of the companies that recalled their product voluntarily is Missa Bay. The New Jersey company was concerned that the romaine lettuce used in making the salad may have been contaminated with the bacteria. In a statement issued by the company, it said: The safety of our consumers is our topmost priority. In a bid to address any product that may be left in the possession of consumers, we have decided on a voluntary recall……. As always please adhere to any use-by dates and do not consume any products that have exceeded these dates.” The company said that the use-by dates of the recalled products are between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1.
The most common symptoms of E. coli are diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps. These symptoms usually manifest three to four days after eating contaminated food. The CDC recommends washing hands and proper cooking of meat to prevent E. coli infection. The agency says that investigations are still ongoing and the general public will be updated as more details become available.