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Salad Recall 2019: States Affected By Contaminated Products Revealed

Federal health officials want people to carefully pick the ingredients for their salad these coming holidays. Thousands of salad products have been recalled across the U.S. due to potential E. coli contamination. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the number of people exposed to the bacteria after eating the recalled products already reached 67 from 19 states. Officials recommend that people avoid any romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California.

The recalled lettuce products include whole heads of romaine, organic romaine, hearts of romaine, romaine in salad wraps, packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine. 

Missa Bay, in Swedesboro, New Jersey, announced in late November that it will remove more than 75,000 pounds of salad products from the market because of the E. coli-carrying lettuce. The recall included all food, like meat and poultry, packaged along with the lettuce from Oct. 14, 2019 through Oct. 16, 2019.

The CDC said the health risk is high when exposed to the affected products. Among all people infected with the E. coli, 39 have been hospitalized and six developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, according to DrAxe.com.

These potentially contaminated items were shipped several states including:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Health officials said residents of the said states should avoid salad and lettuce products with establishment number “EST. 18502B” found inside the USDA mark of inspection. Those who already consumed recalled items should contact healthcare provider to check the body for E. coli exposure. 

The symptoms of the infection commonly take three to four days to appear after swallowing the germ. People with E. coli may experience diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, stomach cramps or fever of 100 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit. 

In some cases, the infection may cause shortness of breath, nosebleeds, excessive bleeding and seizures. The CDC noted investigation is ongoing over the salad recall but consumers should regularly check the label of products for safety. 

lettuce Missa Bay, in Swedesboro, N.J., announced in late November 2019 that it will remove more than 75,000 pounds of salad products from the market because of E. coli-contaminated lettuce. Pexels.com

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