Environmental Assessment of Factors Potentially Contributing to the Contamination of Romaine Lettuce …

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Sumary of Environmental Assessment of Factors Potentially Contributing to the Contamination of Romaine Lettuce Implicated in a Multi-State Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7:

  • This document provides an overview of factors that potentially contributed to the contamination of romaine lettuce with E..
  • Background Environmental Assessment Team Approach Factors Potentially Contributing to the Introduction and Spread of E..
  • coli O157:H7 Growing Environment Fresh-cut Produce Manufacturing/Processing Summary Recommendations for Prevention of E..
  • Background In early April 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state partners, began to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E..
  • The investigation conducted by FDA, CDC, and state partners determined that consumption of romaine lettuce was the cause of the outbreak..
  • This percentage was significantly higher than results from a survey of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed..
  • Traceback of the romaine lettuce consumed by ill people determined that it originated in the Yuma produce growing region which consists of farms in Imperial County, California, and Yuma County, Arizona..
  • The traceback identified a total of 36 fields on 23 farms in the Yuma growing region as supplying romaine lettuce that was potentially contaminated and consumed during the outbreak….

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