E. Coli outbreak hits Virginia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported an outbreak of E. Coli, and it’s linked to romaine lettuce sold at Walmart locations, including Virginia. A total of 12 people in six states have been infected thus far. Five were hospitalized.

recalled romaine lettuce

There has been a voluntary recall of Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce sold at Walmart stores, which had been distributed to 19 states and Puerto Rico. For any Walmart customers concerned about whether or not they have purchased a potentially dangerous batch, the recalled romaine lettuce was packed as a single head, and labeled with a “packed on” date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020.

Lab testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development identified the outbreak strain in a sample of this lettuce, which is part of a routine sampling. The same E. Coli strain found in the sampled romaine was identified among the ill people. However, the CDC said it could not determine whether the recalled Tanimura & Antle romaine lettuce caused the illnesses.

“There is not enough epidemiologic and traceback information available at this time to determine if ill people got sick from eating Tanimura and Antle romaine lettuce,” the CDC reported. “It is unlikely that this product remains at retail establishments due to the shelf life of lettuce and the number of days that have passed,” the company said in a statement on the FDA website. “However, if any of the packages of romaine are still in homes, consumers are advised not to eat it.”

An E. coli infection can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, usually three to four days after consumption. Most cases are mild, and people usually get better within a week.  However, a severe infection can cause kidney failure or death. If you feel that you have a foodborne illness, you should consult your doctor. And if you’ve experienced a foodborne illness due to the negligence of another person or company, an experienced attorney can help you navigate next steps. Call Allen & Allen today, at 866-388-1307.