Romaine

Dole Fresh Vegetables Announces Limited Recall of Organic Romaine Hearts

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 9:42pm

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts.

Key Points: 
  • Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts.
  • The products being recalled are Dole Organic Romaine Hearts 3pk (UPC 0-71430-90061-1), combined English/French packaging, with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20, and Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts (UPC 7-11535-50201-2), with Harvested-On dates of 10-23-20 and 10-26-20.
  • The Dole package contains three organic romaine hearts and the Wild Harvest product is packaged in a 12oz bag.
  • Only the specific Organic Romaine Hearts listed, with the exact UPC codes and Harvested-On dates identified above, are included in the recall.

Statement on the Salinas-linked romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak and status update on investigation

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 8:41pm

Today, the FDA is providing an update on the status of the E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce, along with recent findings based on our investigation of fields linked to a common grower, which was identified in our traceback.

Key Points: 
  • Today, the FDA is providing an update on the status of the E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce, along with recent findings based on our investigation of fields linked to a common grower, which was identified in our traceback.
  • It should be noted that romaine from this grower does not explain all of the illnesses seen in these outbreaks.
  • The FDA and CDC have been tracking two multi-state romaine lettuce outbreaks.
  • We are doing our part by continuing our sampling assignment to monitor for pathogens in romaine lettuce across the nation.

Bill Marler, E. coli Advocate: Romaine Industry needs to put Consumers First

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 1:33am

According to the CDC, since the previous update on November 22, an additional 27 ill people have been reported.

Key Points: 
  • According to the CDC, since the previous update on November 22, an additional 27 ill people have been reported.
  • As of November 25, 2019, a total of 67 people infected with the outbreak strain ofE.
  • CDC continues to advise that consumers not eat, and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California.
  • coliO157:H7 that caused outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2017 and to romaine lettuce in 2018 .

California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Responds to Climb in Reported Illnesses Linked to Romaine Grown in Salinas

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 12:23am

Public health agencies have issued an update on the number of illnesses involved in the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, CA.

Key Points: 
  • Public health agencies have issued an update on the number of illnesses involved in the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, CA.
  • There is no change in the consumer advisory which continues to focus on romaine lettuce from the Salinas growing region only.
  • In the past few days, the leafy greens industry has been working closely with their customers to remove any romaine grown in the Salinas region from marketing channels.
  • All harvest and shipping of romaine grown in Salinas has ceased and fields that remained to be harvested are being plowed under by growers.

What to know during a romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - 12:04am

What to know about the E. coli outbreak:

Key Points: 
  • What to know about the E. coli outbreak:
    The FDA, CDC, state and Canadian health authorities are presently investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused byE.
  • This is in addition to 23 people sickened by E. coliO157:H7 tainted romaine lettuce in September.
  • Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region is a likely source of this outbreak.
  • If you do not know the source of your romaine lettuce, and if you cannot obtain that information from your supplier, you should not serve, nor sell it.

FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Products Produced with Romaine From the Salinas, California, Growing Region

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 2:01am

FSIS ISSUES PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT FOR PRODUCTS PRODUCED WITH ROMAINE FROM THE SALINAS, CALIFORNIA, GROWING REGION

Key Points: 
  • FSIS ISSUES PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT FOR PRODUCTS PRODUCED WITH ROMAINE FROM THE SALINAS, CALIFORNIA, GROWING REGION
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2019 The U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 associated with romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.
  • FSIS warns against consuming any wraps, sandwiches, prepackaged salad, salad kits, or other product containing romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.
  • Most romaine lettuce products at retail are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.
  • FSIS-regulated establishments are advised not to serve, ship, or sell products that contain romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.

Public Health Notice - United States outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce with implications for Canadians

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 1:59am

This is the fourth E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce affecting Canadian consumers in the last two years.

Key Points: 
  • This is the fourth E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce affecting Canadian consumers in the last two years.
  • The Government of Canada, along with provincial and territorial governments and regional public health units, remains vigilant in its efforts to monitor for any new E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce.
  • If you don't know whether the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don't eat it.
  • Restaurants and retailers should check the label on bags or boxes of romaine lettuce, or ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.

Farmers Devastated by Latest Romaine Outbreak

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:46pm

We are devastated as a leafy greens community when this happens, said Dan Sutton, a farmer from Oceano, CA.

Key Points: 
  • We are devastated as a leafy greens community when this happens, said Dan Sutton, a farmer from Oceano, CA.
  • At this time, romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Salinas region has not been implicated in this outbreak investigation.
  • Hydroponically and greenhouse grown romaine is also not implicated in the outbreak.
  • It appears that romaine lettuce involved in this outbreak was likely harvested in the Salinas Valley growing area in September and October.

FDA In Brief: FDA warns consumers not to eat romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 9:12pm

Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California.

Key Points: 
  • Consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California.
  • If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas.
  • Suppliers, distributors and other supply chain partners should also not sell or ship any romaine lettuce from Salinas.

Public Health Notice - Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

Monday, December 24, 2018 - 6:17pm

Given this information, the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising residents in the affected provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Key Points: 
  • Given this information, the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising residents in the affected provinces of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
  • It has been determined that romaine lettuce grown in Canada, including hydroponic romaine lettuce and romaine lettuce grown in green-houses, is not associated with this outbreak.
  • This investigation marks the third E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in the last year.
  • Although the outbreak appears to be over, the Government of Canada remains vigilant in its efforts to monitor for any new E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce.