US health officials have traced a food poisoning outbreak from romaine lettuce to at least one farm in Central California.
Another mystery that health officials are investigating with both outbreaks is why romaine was the only product that triggered an outbreak, despite the fact that other types of lettuce were grown on the farms.
The information came after 59 people in 15 states have been sickened by the tainted lettuce.
A water reservoir at a farm in Santa Barbara County tested positive for the bacterial strain, the CDC said.
The U.S. government also narrowed the source of the outbreak to three California counties: Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Benito. No deaths have been reported. The agencies emphasized that many other questions remain about the origin of this outbreak and the investigation is continuing. Some cases can be life-threatening, causing kidney failure and seizures.
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"There's no reason for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources", the FDA said. The first case surfaced on 5 October and the last one on 11 November. States with cases include California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been testing water samples in the ongoing investigation, and Ian Williams, PhD, chief of outbreak response and prevention with the CDC's Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, said the sediment that yielded the outbreak strain was from an agriculture water reservoir used for irrigation and was collected on Nov 27.
Dr. Stephen Ostroff, senior advisor to FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said it's "a bit premature" to declare the outbreak over, though it appears that contaminated products are no longer being sold.
The CDC said in a statement that labeling has been added to packaging indicating specifically where the lettuce comes from: "If the romaine lettuce is not labeled or if you can not identify where it is from, do not buy, serve, sell, or eat it". Family Farms for comment.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually begin about three or four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC.