E. coli outbreak sickens 17 people; 75K pounds of packaged salad sold at Target, Walmart, other stores recalled

USA TODAY More than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad is being recalled after seven people were hospitalized with E. coli and two of them developed kidney failure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

A New Jersey company, Missa Bay, issued the voluntary recall, worried that the romaine lettuce may be contaminated with the bacteria following an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all, 17 people have been infected with E. coli in eight states, the CDC found. No one has died. The more than 30 packaged salad products with the tainted romaine were produced from Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 and were shipped to 22 states including Florida, Ohio and Virginia. Salads were sold in Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Giant Eagle and other stores.

More than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad is being recalled after seven people were hospitalized with E. coli, the US Department of Agriculture said Nov. 21.

The affected recalled products have use-by dates between Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, the company said in a statement Thursday.

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As part of an investigation into the outbreak, the Maryland Department of Health collected a package of the Caesar salad from a sick person’s home and found the lettuce tested positive for E. coli.People usually get sick from E. coli three to four days after ingesting contaminated food. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

To prevent E. coli infection, the CDC recommends washing hands and cooking meat thoroughly to kill harmful germs, among other things.

A complete list of the recalled products is available online. For questions about the recall, call 1-800-800-7822.
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