Romaine Lettuce Food Recall Traced to California Farm

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After weeks of a food recall that had  American consumers being told to stay away from all romaine lettuce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes that it has identified the source of the E. coli outbreak.

The food poisoning outbreak has been traced to the state of California and has been narrowed down to three central California counties: Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Benito. Regulators even believe that they know exactly what farm grew the product, and how it became contaminated.

The food recall was issued after 59 people were sickened by eating lettuce that was contaminated with E. coli, a bacteria that can lead to severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.  An investigation of a water reservoir serving the Adam Bros. Farm in Santa Barbara County, California tested positive for the E. coli bacteria, and as a result, the farm’s owners are now working collaboratively with officials to address the problem. 

Identification of Farm At Fault for Romaine Lettuce Food Recall Leads to Other Foods Being Pulled

Though Adam Bros. Farm was specifically named in the food recall announcement, the Food and Drug Administration says that there is a good chance that other farms in the area got their water from the same reservoir. The FDA had identified the bacteria in an irrigation reservoir on the farm’s property.

They warn consumers that they should continue to be vigilant before buying romaine lettuce, avoiding products harvested prior to November 23rd. The farm is also voluntarily recalling other produce grown at their facility, including cauliflower, green leaf lettuce and red leaf lettuce.

None of those products tested positive for E. coli, but the company is acting out of an “abundance of caution.” They have also taken steps to notify customers who have purchased their products, requesting that they be discarded and kept away from consumers.

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