Romaine lettuce recalled due to E. coli O145
May 7, 2010
by Keith Nunes
SIDNEY, OHIO — Freshway Foods, a supplier of fresh-cut and repacked produce, is recalling product containing romaine lettuce that may be contaminated with E. coli
O145. The company said the products that are being recalled were sold to wholesalers, food service outlets and retailers in 23 states as well as the District of Columbia.
Shredded romaine lettuce from Freshway Foods with a “use by” date after May 12 are not involved in the recall, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The recall was initiated after the F.D.A. informed the company on May 5 that a product sample that had previously been unopened had tested positive for the pathogen by the New York State Public Health Laboratory. The F.D.A. also said multiple lines of evidence have implicated shredded romaine lettuce from one processing facility as a source of infections in a multistate outbreak to which the recall may be related. To date, 19 confirmed cases of E. coli
O145 illnesses have been reported from Michigan, Ohio and New York. These illnesses include 12 people who have been hospitalized, and three with a potentially life threatening complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
A full list of the products included in the recall may be viewed by visiting www.fda.gov.