This time, it isn’t the romaine. After already being linked to a different E. Coli O157:H7 outbreak, Santa Maria-based Adam Bros. Family Farms is recalling additional products “out of an abundance of caution.” Though there have been no reports of anyone falling ill, and none of the products themselves have tested positive for E.coli, the farm doesn’t want to take any chances. In cooperation with the FDA it has voluntarily chosen recall red and green lettuce products and cauliflower grown in particular fields, and harvested from Nov. 27-30.
The decision to do so came after sediment from a reservoir near these fields tested positive for the E. coli bacteria. “Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested,” the farm said in a press release, “[although] none of the filtered, treated water has tested positive for E. coli.”
Despite the possibility that the recalled cauliflower and lettuces were not contaminated, the Adam Brothers Family Farms is urging consumers not to take the risk, citing its longstanding commitment to food and health safety.
“Cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in AZ, CA, IL, LA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA. Tijuana, Mexico, and Canada ; red and green leaf lettuce was distributed to wholesalers in CA, CO, OR, TX, PA, WA, and Canada; red leaf lettuce only was distributed to a wholesaler in MN, and Tijuana, Mexico.”
Anyone with either of these products in their fridge should consult with the press release for the relevant identification information. If you find your lettuce or cauliflower is among the vegetables recalled, promptly throw it out or bring it back to the store for a refund.
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is the worst kind of E. coli. An infection can cause severe and often bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and potentially a form of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). While most healthy adults should recover within 6-8 days, an infection could prove fatal, particularly in young children and the elderly, who are more prone to developing HUS.
When it comes to recalled food products, don’t take the risk. It’s never worth your health or life.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Safety Issues & Recalls.” NHTSA. Retrieved 17 December 2018. https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls
“E. coli.” FoodSafety.gov. Retrieved 17 December 2018. https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/ecoli/index.html
“E. coli (Escherichia coli).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 17 December 2018. https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/index.html