‘Tis the season to avoid eating veggies! The infamous E. coli outbreak responsible for the temporary removal of all romaine lettuce is now taking more hostages. One of the largest romaine lettuce farms in the country has announced they are removing some more vegetables from circulation, for fears they could be contaminated as well.
In a statement released last week, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. out of Santa Maria, California is recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested between November 27, 2018 and November 30, 2018 “out of an abundance of caution, because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria.”
If you have been readily consuming any of these items recently, don’t freak out. The company claims that none of the recalled product has even tested positive for E. coli and no illnesses have been reported. They explain this is a “voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA” and is more precautionary than anything else.
However, if you are curious if this recall impacts you, here are the specifics. The cauliflower in questions was distributed to wholesalers in AZ, CA, IL, LA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA as well as Tijuana, Mexico, and Canada. The red and green leaf lettuce was distributed to wholesalers in CA, CO, OR, TX, PA, WA, and Canada. The red leaf lettuce only was distributed to a wholesaler in MN and Tijuana, Mexico.
If you live in any of those states and have the produce mentioned, you might want to go ahead and take the “better safe than sorry” approach and toss them ASAP, as it is pretty impossible to figure out if your specific item is one of those impacted.
Also, look out for the common symptoms of E. Coli, which include watery or bloody diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, nausea, tiredness, and fever. If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or your children, call your physician as soon as possible!