People always ask me why do leafy green E. coli outbreaks keep happening. I think the bottom line is that retailers, restaurants, growers, processors and the government simply do not give a cow’s pie about the sickened and/or dead consumers – they are simply the cost of

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The FDA is launching a new, temporary testing program for the romaine lettuce from commercial coolers in the Yuma, AZ, growing region. Romaine from the area has been linked to several foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years.

Samples will be tested for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and Salmonella spp. 
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“widespread environmental contamination”

Can we dare mention water contamination, feedlots and dairy farms – well, cows generally?

A mind-spinning article landed in my inbox today – “Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli Infections Associated with Romaine Lettuce — United States, 2018.” 

CDC had reported only 210 ill – https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html – apparently it
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The Numbers:

As of Friday night, the CDC reported 53 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 being reported from 16 states.  However, the CDC reported only 1 case in Alaska while the Alaska Department of Public Health reported 8 ill from the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center
Continue Reading Publisher’s Platform: At least 64 with E. coli in 16 States Linked to Romaine Lettuce from Yuma Arizona