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Another E. coli outbreak, this time tied to a salad mix

Source: FDA
Source: FDA

While investigators continue investigating the source of a multi-state E. coli outbreak linked to romaine from the Salinas, California growing region, FDA, CDC, US state health authorities and Canadian officials announced today a salad mix is the likely source of a new multi-state outbreak.

According to an FDA announcement today, December 9th, Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits has been identified as a likely source of an outbreak with confirmed cases in the US and Canada.

According to the announcement,

Consumers should not eat Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best before date up to and including 07DEC19.

According to the CDC, as of today, 8 people infected with this outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from Minnesota (4), North Dakota (1) and Wisconsin (3).

Authorities are investigating the source of the ingredients in the kits and are trying to determine which ingredient may have been contaminated. 

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