Coli Outbreak (Mostly) Traced to Santa Maria, Calif. Farm

Lloyd Doyle
December 16, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on December 14, that 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce, which also spread into Canada, and that additional farms are likely involved in the outbreak.

A California farm that has been linked to an E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce issued a new recall of its cauliflower.

The program is voluntary and not guaranteed to continue after the danger from this current outbreak is deemed to be over by the FDA, so it is narrow in focus and may have a limited life and usefulness.

"This program has many holes".

"None of the filtered, treated water has tested positive for E. coli, all E. coli tests returning negative", Adam Bros. Some romaine products are now being labeled with their harvest regions. According to the company's website, it only grows vegetables products, including broccoli, cauliflower, celery and various types of lettuce.

The recall was sparked when sediment from a reservoir near the farm tested positive for E. coli.


On Friday, the company said in a statement that it is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested from November 27 through November 30 "out of an abundance of caution". Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested.

At least 59 people in 15 states have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce, the FDA said. The earlier warning against eating romaine from California's San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Ventura counties has been lifted. The latter is where Adams Bros.

Santa Barbara County is one of three California counties, along with San Benito and Monterey, that the CDC is advising consumers to avoid when choosing romaine lettuce.

Escherichia coli, known as E. coli. Many strains are harmless but others can make humans sick.

The infection is usually confirmed by testing a stool sample.

Numerous affected individuals ate more than one meal of romaine across a number of restaurants, the CDC said, further complicating the trace-back investigation.

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