A warning was issued in the U.S. to not eat romaine lettuce from Salinas. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, Calif., is likely responsible for a multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was first reported earlier this week
. Dozens cases occurred in 16 states until now. The states involved are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. Elderly, the very young, and pregnant women are vulnerable. Missa Bay recalled 97,272 pounds of packaged salad kits. Lettuce grown in other areas does not appear to be linked to the current outbreak. The FDA is also asking the leafy green industry to voluntarily stop shipping Salinas romaine for the rest of the growing season.
It’s expected that Salinas growers will follow the FDA’s request to stop shipping romaine but there is no way to enforce it. E. coli 0157:H7 is a bacterium that can produce bloody diarrhea due to toxins, especially Shiga (Vero) toxins. Some of the early symptoms may include fever, nausea, vomiting. ome of the later symptoms of E. coli infection are nosebleeds, shortness of breath, seizures and excessive bleeding. Organ failure and mental changes are possible. Some patients develop permanent disabilities or die.