E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Salad Makings; Source Not Clear

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E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Salad Makings; Source Not Clear

An outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7, which has so far made 28 people sick and landed 10 in hospitals, has been linked to Organic Spinach and Spring Mix Blend. On Monday, the CDC in Atlanta stated that the majority of the cases were in New York State. Two of the 10 people who have been hospitalized developed HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome), a serious condition that affects the kidneys. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, the investigation is expanding as the outbreak expands beyond New York State. So far, federal, state and local public health and regulatory agencies have collaborated in the investigation, and believe that Wegmans brand is a likely source of the outbreak. Produced by State Garden of Chelsea, Massachusetts, the Wegmans brand Organic Spinach and Spring Mix blend is the one food source that has been found in common among victims. Four of the people who became ill with E. Coli had leftover packages of the salad makings in their homes. On November 2, Wegmans recalled the 5 oz. and 11 oz. Organic Spinach and Spring Mix packages; the product was removed from store shelves. It seems that Wegmans may not be the only brand involved; outside of New York State, illnesses have been reported by people who have eaten other brands of pre-packaged leafy greens. Investigations are ongoing in order to identify all possible sources of the E. Coli bacteria. The breakdown on number of people ill and states involved so far goes as follows: Connecticut 2, Massachusetts 2, New York 22, Pennsylvania 1, Virginia 1. At Markem-Imaje, we understand how serious foodborne illness outbreaks can be, and how essential it is to identify the source so that efficient recalls can be implemented. When consumers' health and lives are at risk, it can be devastating for companies and their brands. Our industrial traceability systems help manufacturers not only in the event of recalls, but for protection against counterfeiting and diversion as well. Trust Markem-Imaje for all of your industrial traceability solutions.

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