FDA still searching for source of e. coli contamination – Romaine Lettuce E. coli Lawyer
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is conducting a traceback investigation to determine the precise source of the recent e. coli contamination related to romaine lettuce. The lettuce caused illnesses in 172 people across 32 states, most of whom consumed the lettuce in a restaurant or purchased the lettuce from a grocery store. Several people also fell ill after consuming the lettuce at an Alaskan correctional facility.
To date, no source of the e. coli contamination has been identified. The contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area but the FDA has not yet pinpointed a specific farm or other point in the supply and distribution chain that may have been responsible. Although the FDA has identified Harrison Farms of Yuma, Arizona, as the grower and sole source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people in an Alaskan correctional facility, they have not determined exactly where the contamination occurred.
The FDA is working with partners on the state level on extensive traceback efforts that may help them find the source of the e. coli contamination. Traceback involves working backwards from the point of consumption or purchase of the product through the supply chain. It often includes investigating the multiple steps along the way that could include suppliers, distributors and processors where the lettuce was chopped and bagged, and then back to the farm or farms that could have grown the lettuce that ended up in those bags.
Romaine lettuce caused severe illnesses in many consumers. If you are one of those consumers who became ill after eating romaine lettuce, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901 to discuss your legal options.