CDC: Romaine Lettuce Linked to October and November E. Coli O157 Outbreak in Midwest

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Lettuce, spinach and greens have been linked to 50 outbreaks of foodborne pathogens since 1995. This Food Safety Infosheet describes an E. coli outbreak in 2011 that was linked to the consumption of romaine lettuce.


  • 60 illnesses in 10 states linked to the outbreak; 37 ill in Missouri
  • Outbreak has been linked to romaine lettuce; many ill individuals consumed the lettuce at Schnucks grocery store outlets in the St. Louis area
  • Fresh produce is not cooked, so any poop that comes in contact with it from farm-to-fork can be passed to diners.

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