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Final Report: 94 Sickened in Federico’s E. Coli Outbreak, Lettuce Implicated

At least 94 people fell ill with E. coli O157:H7 after dining at a single Federico’s Mexican Restaurant location in Litchfield Park, AZ, according to the final outbreak report released on Monday by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The final report summarizes the investigation into the outbreak, in which patients began falling ill… Continue Reading

California’s LGMA Changes Standards on Animal Intrusion Into Fields

California’s Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a “significant change” on Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. Until now, leafy green growers have been advised to take measures to prevent a specific list of risky animals, such as deer or livestock, from intruding into lettuce, spinach and… Continue Reading

My Tour with Foodborne Illness Victims Through the Leafy Greens Industry


My life changed forever in June 1996, when my two little sisters were stricken with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating “triple-washed, ready-to-eat” mesclun lettuce. At first, they suffered horrendous cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. While Chelsea soon recovered, Haylee — who was just three years old at the time — fell critically ill with hemolytic… Continue Reading

Last of Canada’s E. coli Victims Discharged From Hospital

Not a single E. coli O157:H7 outbreak can be considered a good one, but when everyone recovers it is about as good as it gets. And that’s how Canada’s January E. coli outbreak –sourced to California lettuce– is ending. “The last patient was discharged,” John Gillis, media relations advisor for the Capital Health District Authority… Continue Reading

Canadian E. coli Lettuce Outbreak Hits 30

On Friday a new case of E. coli in New Brunswick brought the total number of victims in Canada’s E. coli lettuce outbreak to 30. E. coli O157:H7 Illnesses by province are now as follows: New Brunswick (7), Nova Scotia (10) and Ontario (13). According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, illness onsets began in… Continue Reading

Canadian E. coli Outbreak Nears 30

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, one additional case of E. coli O157:H7 illness was confirmed in Ontario as part of the ongoing outbreak linked to lettuce. This brings the total number of cases to 29. Patients fell ill between late December and early January. Illnesses by province are as follows: New Brunswick… Continue Reading

Two More Ill in Canadian E. coli Outbreak

Another two cases of E. coli O157:H7 have been linked to lettuce sold at fast food locations in Canada, bringing the total number of illnesses related to this food to 28. Both new cases occurred in Ontario, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Monday. The patients fell ill between late December and early January…. Continue Reading

E. coli-Contaminated Lettuce Came from a California LGMA Grower

Update: The lettuce recall described in this article was expanded to include product sold at Canadian Burger King and Pizza Hut locations. First it was just plain old lettuce, then it was California-grown lettuce, and now the latest from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is that was lettuce from a grower who has signed… Continue Reading