Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Potential E. coli Contamination
Tanimura and Antle have issued a voluntary recall for their packaged single-head romaine lettuce due to potential E. coli contamination. The recall was initiated after routine food safety testing conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found traces of E. coli O157:H7. The recalled packaged single-head romaine lettuce product is labeled with UPC number 0-27918-20314-9, being packed on 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020. 3,396 cartons of the lettuce were distributed in the following states: AK, OR, CA, TX, AR, OK, IN, NE, MO, TN, WI, NM, SC, WA, NC, OH, VA, MA, PR, and IL.
Consumers who have purchased the recalled lettuce are urged to not consume it; rather, dispose of the product immediately and sanitize all surfaces the lettuce has come into contact with.
As of date, there have been no reported infections due to the contaminated lettuce. Coincidentally, there are two mysterious E. Coli outbreaks with no known source occurring in the United States, causing 44 reported illnesses, 18 hospitalizations, and one death. Consumers with any questions or concerns regarding the recall can call Tanimura & Antle at 877-827-7388 Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
According to the CDC, there are approximately 265,000 STEC infections per year in the United States. E. coli is a bacteria found in the digestive tract of both humans and adults, and while the majority of E. Coli strands are harmless, a few select strands can cause severe gastrointestinal illness. According to Romaine E coli Lawyer Ron Simon, these dangerous strands are known as Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli (STEC). These E. Coli infections in humans come through consumption of food or water that contains feces, and in some situations, thorough physical contact with a source that contains the bacteria. Symptoms of an STEC infection typically present three to four days after infection, though some patients have reported symptoms beginning over a week after consumption. The majority of patients with a STEC infection report symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue. If you believe you are suffering from a STEC infection, contact your physician immediately.