E. Coli Cases Identified

E. Coli Cases Identified

If you do have romaine lettuce already on hand, remember that washing it will not effectively remove E.coli bacteria. Cooking will kill it, but romaine is most often eaten raw. – Consumer Reports

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Elisha returned to Gilgal and there was a famine in that region. While the company of the prophets was meeting with him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and cook some stew for these men.”

One of them went out into the fields to gather herbs and found a wild vine. He gathered some of its gourds and filled the fold of his cloak.

When he returned, he cut them up into the pot of stew, though no one knew what they were. The stew was poured out for the men, but as they began to eat it, they cried out, “O man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it.

Elisha said, “Get some flour.” He put it into the pot and said, “Serve it to the people to eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot. (2 Kings 4:38-41)

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(consumerreports.org)—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that seven new E. coli infections have been identified, likely associated with contaminated “leafy greens.”

The seven new reports brings the total number of cases involving E. coli 0157:H7 to 66 in the recent outbreak in the U.S. and Canada. Two new states—Maryland and New Jersey—were added to the list of states, now at 15, where infections have been detected.

The CDC said it hasn’t identified the type of leafy green involved and said its investigation is continuing. But Canadian health officials identified Romaine lettuce as the type of leafy green that was the likely culprit in the outbreak in their country.

The CDC previously said that the strain of E. coli involved in the U.S. outbreak was a genetic near-match with the strain that made people sick in Canada. All 66 cases occurred between mid-November and mid-December.

Last week, Consumer Reports advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce for the time being, until more information was released. Today’s CDC announcement doesn’t change that recommendation.

“It is clear that the E.coli bacteria that made the U.S. victims and the Canadian victims sick are closely related. Canada has identified the source as romaine lettuce,” says Jean Halloran, director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization division of Consumer Reports. “Right now the CDC is saying it could be other leafy greens, but until we have more corroborating evidence, we continue to think it prudent to avoid romaine lettuce for now.”

The Canadian Public Health Agency today declared the outbreak in that country over and is no longer advising Canadians to avoid romaine lettuce, even though the way the lettuce became contaminated still hasn’t been identified.

The CDC says that while it is too soon to declare the outbreak over in the U.S., it is likely that the leafy greens causing the outbreak are no longer in the food supply.

Consumer Reports’ food safety experts think it’s key to identify the exact source of the outbreak to increase the chances that future infections can be prevented.
Avoiding Romaine Still The Best Advice
Matt Wise, head of the CDC’s Outbreak Response Team, said the CDC conducted interviews with 13 people who contracted E. coli. All reported eating leafy greens.