CDC: Throw Out Salad Kits After E. Coli Infects 8 People In 3 States

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is advising that consumers not eat Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits due to possible contamination with potentially fatal E. coli O157:H7.

So far, eight people from three states have become infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7.

Three people have been hospitalized. One person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

No deaths have been reported.

The CDC says that information collected to date indicates that Fresh Express 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, are the likely source of this outbreak.

The investigation is ongoing to determine what ingredient in the salad kit was contaminated.

Romaine lettuce is one of the ingredients in the salad kit, but the CDC does not know yet if this outbreak is related to a current outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region.

E. coli Symptoms and Treatment

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.

E. coli are microbes whose presence indicates that food may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended.

Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection.