Investigation of E. Coli for Leafy Greens

Investigation of E. Coli for Leafy Greens

WASHINGTON, D.C. — CDC has identified a new outbreak of E. coli infections linked to leafy greens, with cases in the United States and Canada. Data indicates that Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp salads are a likely source of this outbreak. Look for information identifying this product on the front of the package and do not eat, serve, or sell it.

A CDC food safety alert about this investigation has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-12-19/index.html

Key points:

  • CDC, along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several states, is investigating an outbreak of eight coli O157:H7 infections in three states: Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
    • Canada has reported 16 people infected with the same strain.
  • Three people have been hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported
  • This outbreak is caused by a different strain of coli than the current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.
  • Romaine is one of the ingredients in the Sunflower Crisp salad kit, but the investigation is ongoing to determine what ingredient in the salad kit was contaminated.
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CDC’s advice to consumers, retailers, and restaurants:

  • Do not eat, sell, or serve Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information:
    • UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19.
    • This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner.
    • Retailers and restaurants should not sell or serve this salad kit.

About Shiga toxin-producing E. coli:

  • People get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli an average of 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ. Most people get diarrhea (often bloody), severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.
  • Most people recover within a week, but some illnesses can last longer and be more severe.
  • Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli infection is ruled out.
  • For more information on E. coliwww.cdc.gov/ecoli
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If you have questions about cases in a specific state, please call that state’s health department.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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