CASPER, Wyo. — Various salad products are being recalled due to possible E. Coli contamination.
17 people have become ill including seven who were hospitalized after consuming the products.
The illness cases have occurred in these states: AZ (1), CA (2), CO (1), ID (3), MD (2), MT (1), WA (1), WI (6).
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New Jersey-based Missa Bay is recalling the products and people are urged not to consume any they may possess.
A full list of the products included in the recall can be found in this spreadsheet.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall on Thursday, Nov. 21.
“The salad product items were produced from Oct. 14, 2019 through Oct. 16, 2019, and the recommended “use by” date for all of the product was Nov. 1, 2019, or earlier,” the announcement adds. “There is concern that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators, or that portions may have been frozen, even though they are past their use by dates.”
“These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
The products in the recall were produced using the same lot of lettuce that the Maryland Department of Health tested and found to contain E. coli, FSIS says.
“That product was Ready Pac Bistro® Chicken Caesar Salad, lot #255406963, UPC 0 77745 27249 8, “Best By” date Oct. 31, 2019, and it is included in this recall,” they add.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration traced the supply of romaine lettuce and found that is may have been grown at farms in Salinas, California.
“FDA is deploying investigators to determine the source and extent of the contamination,” the announcement adds. “More information will be forthcoming as the investigation proceeds.”
“Although the ill people interviewed in Maryland reported eating Ready Pac Bistro® Chicken Caesar Salad, at this time, ill people in other states have not reported eating this particular salad. Therefore, exposure to this product alone does not fully explain other cases in the outbreak.”
Symptoms from pathogenic E. coli can start to occur a few days after consumption up to nine days later.
“Generally, the symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea, and/or vomiting,” the announcement states. “Some infections can cause severe bloody diarrhea and lead to life-threatening conditions, such as a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), or the development of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease, and neurologic problems. Other infections may have no symptoms or may resolve without medical treatment within five to seven days.”
“Due to the range in severity of illness, people should consult their health care provider if they suspect that they have developed symptoms that resemble an E. coli infection, including HUS, but even healthy older children and young adults can become seriously ill.”