The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning last month that an outbreak of E. coli linked to lettuce has spread to more than one state,media BGR reported. Scientists identified a strain of E. coli from lettuce grown in the Salinas Valley area of California. This is obviously bad news for anyone who wants to add lettuce to their holiday dishes.
This week the CDC has issued another separate warning about possible contaminated lettuce, this time linking the E. coli strain to the popular pre-cut bag salad. These products are sold under the Fresh Express logo and have been sold in several states and have led to multiple confirmed E. coli infections and hospitalizations.
Some of the important information covered by the CDC’s new bulletin on the outbreak is as follows:
Do not eat or sell Fresh Express Sunflower bag chopped salad with the following identification information: UPC 0 71279 30906 4, starting with batch number Z and is the best date for consumption is December 7, 2019. This information is printed in the upper right corner of the bag.
The CDC recommends that anyone who puts the product in a refrigerator or food pantry discard it immediately. In addition, the CDC recommends that people thoroughly clean all storage containers, utensils or cutlery that may come into contact with salads.
If people have eaten some of these potentially contaminated products and think they are suffering from a disease, they should contact their doctor and inform them of the situation immediately. Those infected with E. coli usually feel unwell within a few days, and the disease can last for several days. Treatment is sometimes required for individuals, children and the elderly with weakened immune systems.