Approximately 23 persons in the United States reportedly got sick after consuming contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year.
It is said that the persons, who are from 12 different states, were sickened by faecal bacteria traced to the lettuce.
Interestingly, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not disclose the E. coli outbreak until after weeks after it occurred.
In a new release, FDA said: “The FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control did not identify actionable information for consumers during this investigation. Additionally, when romaine lettuce was identified as the likely source of the outbreak, the available data at the time indicated that the outbreak was not ongoing and romaine lettuce eaten by sick people was past its shelf life and no longer available for sale.”
It is believed that the illnesses occurred between mid-July and early September in California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Eleven persons were hospitalised as a result of the outbreak. However, no deaths were reported.
Sadly, this is not the first time there has been such an outbreak in the United States, as five people died and more 200 got sick last year as a result of a similar E. coli outbreak in several states.