You may want to skip the raw veggies, altogether, on your Christmas table this year. Now, after the months-long recall of Romaine lettuce has left consumers salad-wary, they now have another favorite vegetable to avoid. That is unless they want a nasty case of E. coli.
And, even if you have been faithfully avoiding romaine lettuce, it still may not be safe to eat salad because two more of the most popular leaf lettuces have also just been recalled for possible E. coli contamination.
The California farm linked with the massive Romaine lettuce recall that began in October has now expanded their recall to include red and green leaf lettuce and cauliflower.
“Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested on November 27 through 30, 2018 out of an abundance of caution, because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7)
“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that sediment from a reservoir near where the produce was grown tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested.”
According to Adam Bros. Farm, they have already notified customers who may have bought any products affected by the recall.
“Cauliflower was sent to wholesalers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as to Tijuana, Mexico, and Canada.
"Red and green leaf lettuce was sent to wholesalers in California, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington and Canada. Furthermore, red leaf lettuce was also sent to a wholesaler in Minnesota and Tijuana, Mexico."
Escherichia coli, abbreviated as E. coli, is a nasty bacteria that can be found in not only food but also in the environment. It then makes its way into the intestines of animals and humans, causing gastrointestinal distress, including diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting. It can also cause infection of the urinary tract and respiratory systems.
Most people recover from the illness without lasting effects, but others, especially those with weakened immune systems, can become quite ill. Some people have died from having been infected with E. coli.
You can find a complete list of the labels and products recalled, here.
No illnesses have yet been reported which may be due, in large part, to the company taken swift action.
According to Patch.com, the company is urging customers who may have purchased these produce items to either throw them outer return them to the place of purchase.