Five People in New Jersey Hospitalized Because of Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak
At least five individuals in New Jersey have been hospitalized after consuming romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli bacteria because the nationwide outbreak has now jumped to greater than 100 circumstances, the state health division confirmed Thursday.
Thus far, 102 individuals throughout 23 states have been infected — and 58 of these individuals have been hospitalized, together with ten people who have developed kidney failure, in accordance with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The New Jersey Department of Health on Thursday confirmed it was working with the CDC and stated all seven patients had been discharged from the hospital. There have been no reported cases in New York. The national outbreak has been traced to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California. The CDC has warned retailers not to sell any romaine lettuce from this region.
Of the confirmed cases, 31 have been in Wisconsin, 12 in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, seven in New Jersey, six in Colorado, four every in California, Maryland, Texas and Virginia, three every in Arizona, Idaho and Minnesota, two every in Washington and New Mexico and one every in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon and South Dakota.
Last month from a New Jersey food company was pressured to recall more than 75,000 pounds of packaged salad after seven people have been hospitalized with E. coli.
Missa Bay LLC of Swedesboro issued the recall of 75,233 pounds of the bagged salad products bought at Walmart, Target, and Aldi — fearing that the romaine lettuce could be contaminated with the bacteria after a CDC investigation.