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Tanimura & Antle Inc. Voluntarily recalled some heads of romaine lettuce that were distributed nationwide because they could be contaminated with E. Coli.
The Salinas, California-based company announced the voluntary recall in a notice posted on Friday’s Food and Drug Administration website.
The company says the affected lettuce is labeled “packed on October 15, 2020, or October 16, 2020”. The UPC number on lettuce is 0-27918-20314-9.
“No other products or pack dates are being recalled,” the company said. “There have been no illness reports associated with the recalled product.”
“The recall is underway in consultation with FDA, and is based on test results of a random sample collected and analyzed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of its sampling program. their periodicals “, Tanimura & Antle said in their announcement.
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According to the company, 3,396 cases of “potentially affected product” were distributed in Puerto Rico and the following 19 states, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina. , Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Each box has 12 to 24 heads.
Michigan also advised Friday recommending “Consumers should not eat Tanimura & Antle branded romaine lettuce bagged head-to-head because of food safety concerns.”
According to Michigan’s advice, lettuce samples collected at Walmart in Comstock Park and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services laboratory “have determined that the strain of E. coli bacteria recovered from the product sample is concerned. is genetically predominant to the E. coli bacterium that has caused two recent diseases in Michigan. “
In its advice, the lettuce is sold in a transparent plastic bag with a zip with blue label and white lettering.
The FDA tweeted that they are “actively investigating” and wrote that consumers “should not eat affected products.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report symptoms of E. coli vary and can include cramping, nausea, fatigue, and diarrhea. Some people may develop a form of kidney failure.
Symptoms usually start within three to four days after eating or drinking foods containing the bacteria. However, the CDC states that symptoms can start one to 10 days after exposure.
Last November, the CDC warned of an outbreak of E.coli from Salinas and was linked to an infection of romaine lettuce.
Tanimura & Antle said in its announcement that “it is unlikely that this product will remain in retail facilities due to the lettuce shelf life and the number of days that have passed.” The company requires that anyone in the affected lettuce packages not be consumed.
If you have questions, consumers can call the Tanimura & Antle Consumer Hotline directly at 877-827-7388 weekdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
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