The FDA has declared that an outbreak of E. coli O121:H19 infections associated with romaine lettuce has ended, but the investigation continues.
Food and Drug Administration officials report that four people were sickened in the outbreak, but they have not released information regarding the ages of patients or what states are involved. The FDA is continuing traceback efforts to try to determine what brand of romaine caused the illnesses. Agency officials also hope to discover what grower produced the romaine.
In another outbreak, this one involving E. coli O157:H7, the FDA is conducting sample analysis in relation to illnesses traced to Nature’s Basket Power Greens and Simple Truth Organic Power Greens. Ten people from four states have been confirmed as outbreak patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The table below shows ongoing outbreak investigations being managed by FDA’s CORE Response Teams. The investigations are in a variety of stages. Some outbreaks have limited information with active investigations ongoing, others may be near completion. The table below has been abbreviated to show only active investigations.
The Food and Drug Administration will issue public health advisories for outbreak investigations that result in “specific, actionable steps for consumers — such as throwing out or avoiding specific foods — to take to protect themselves,” according to the outbreak table page.
Not all recalls and alerts result in an outbreak of foodborne illness. Not all outbreaks result in recalls.
Outbreak investigations that do not result in specific, actionable steps for consumers may or may not conclusively identify a source or reveal any contributing factors, according to CORE’s outbreak table page. If a source(s) and/or contributing factors are identified that could inform future prevention, FDA commits to providing a summary of those findings, according to CORE officials.
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