Romaine lettuce recall: E. coli outbreak likely came from California, FDA says staff KABC logo
Thursday, November 22, 2018
FDA: Tainted romaine lettuce likely came from CA
Tainted romaine lettuce that has caused an E. coli outbreak across 11 states likely came from California, the FDA says.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The investigation into the E. coli outbreak caused by tainted romaine lettuce suggests the produce likely came from California, federal officials said Wednesday.

Investigators are still determining the exact origin of the lettuce which has led to at least 32 cases of E. coli illness across 11 states.

But a federal Food and Drug Administration official told Eyewitness News that based in part of where the majority of illnesses have been reported, it seems California is the likely origin.

Earlier reports had said the tainted lettuce likely came from Arizona. But the majority of romaine lettuce available on store shelves this time of year is grown in California, experts says.

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Of the 32 cases, 10 were based in California - nine of them in Los Angeles County. The cases of infection with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli were reported between Oct. 8 and Oct. 31.

Thirteen people were hospitalized, including one person who developed a type of kidney failure.

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No deaths have been reported.

Restaurants and retailers have been advised to not serve any romaine lettuce and remove all existing product from store shelves. Anyone with lettuce at home should throw it away and wash and sanitize drawers and shelves in refrigerators where it was stored.

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