MI included in multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated romaine

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Consumers anywhere in the USA who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should not eat it and throw it away - even if you have eaten some of it already.

The advice is based on interviews with 28 of the ill individuals in which 93% of them reported consuming romaine lettuce within the week they began feeling sick. Three of those patients developed a type of kidney failure associated with an E. coli illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can be life-threatening.

So far 35 cases of E. coli illness in 11 states have been reported and linked to the outbreak.

The CDC investigation is ongoing to identify the source of the contamination. Most people recover in five to seven days.

Consumers should also avoid eating romaine salads in restaurants unless it can be verified that it doesn't come from Yuma, Arizona.

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One Pennsylvania company, Fresh Foods Manufacturing, announced on Saturday a voluntary recall of 8,757 pounds of retail salad products. But there have been a few recalls issued in connection with this matter. People in the previous outbreak were infected with a different DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The farms in the Yuma, Arizona region supplies romaine lettuce to the country during March through November of each year. Symptoms of this complication include abdominal pain, lethargy, decreased urination, pallor, and small unexplained bruises or bleeding. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor immediately.

Giant Eagle, Inc.is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce and sold in its Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations across western Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.

The CDC has not been able to identify a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce.

The experienced attorneys from Pritzker Hageman law firm represent and helps people who have been sickened by contaminated food. Our lawyers represent clients and families of children sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against retailers, grocery stores, food processors, restaurants, daycare centers, schools, and others.

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