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FDA Issues Recall of Romaine Lettuce due to E-coli


WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - A brand of lettuce sold in Wisconsin and 22 other states is being recalled because of an outbreak of E-coli bacteria. Freshway Foods of Sidney Ohio says it’s recalling romaine lettuce sold under the brand names of Freshway and Imperial Sysco. It has a “best if used by” date of May 12th.

The Food and Drug Administration said at least 19 people got sick, and 3 had life-threatening symptoms. At least 12 people have been hospitalized – and health officials are trying to decide if 10 other cases are linked.

Lettuce grown in Arizona might be a possible source of the outbreak. Health officials in New York State found the contamination this week in shredded romaine lettuce, but local health authorities had been investigating an outbreak for several weeks.

The FDA said the infected lettuce came from a processing facility – but it would not give the name of the facility, or where it’s located. The three patients with life-threatening health problems were diagnosed with a disease that can cause bleeding in the brain and kidneys.