April 24, 2018
A recent national E. coli outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce recently sold in the United States. The origin of the location where the E. coli has not been confirmed yet and the FDA and CDC are warning consumers to throw away any form of romaine lettuce that comes from Yuma, Arizona or an unknown origin. The Yuma region is where most of the United States’ romaine lettuce is grown in the winter.
Both Kerrville HEB locations, as well as Wal-Mart, have assured KBN that any and all lettuce that could possibly be contaminated with E. coli was pulled off the shelves immediately.
A manager from Kerrville’s Wal-Mart stated that they act very quickly to get rid of any items that have been issued a recall.
E. coli is a disease that comes in many different strains. This particular strain is known as 0157:H7. It produces a toxin called Shiga that can enter the bloodstream and cause problems with kidney function. Symptoms of this strain of E. coli include vomiting, painful cramps, and diarrhea.
The contamination usually comes from produce coming in contact with animal feces. The FDA and CDC are still investigating as to what caused this E. coli outbreak and where the origin of the problem is.