Two more companies recall romaine lettuce

by Keith Nunes
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WASHINGTON — As the federal investigation into an outbreak of illnesses due to E. coli O145 and associated with romaine lettuce possibly grown on a farm in Yuma, Ariz., works its way through the supply chain, two additional companies are in the process of initiating recalls.

Andrew Smith Co., Salinas, Calif., a grower and shipper that distributed lettuce from the farm in Yuma, has initiated a recall. Vaughan Foods, Moore, Okla., a supplier of processed and packaged salad to food service operators, that received romaine lettuce from the Andrew Smith Co. and was grown on the Yuma farm has initiated a recall of romaine lettuce with “use-by” dates of May 9 and May 10.

The affected product initially was traced to Freshway Foods, Sidney, Ohio. The pathogen was detected by the New York State Public Health Laboratory, Albany, in an unopened bag of shredded romaine lettuce distributed by Freshway Foods.

The Food and Drug Administration said there have been 19 confirmed cases of E. coli O145 infections in Michigan, Ohio and New York and 12 people have been hospitalized.
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