Findings from the Romaine Lettuce E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Investigation

Nov 05, 2018 | Michelle Shapiro

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. released the following statement:

Earlier this year, we experienced the largest E. coli O157:H7 outbreak the country has seen in the last decade, leaving hundreds sick and claiming the lives of five people who consumed contaminated romaine lettuce.

We’re committed to taking necessary actions to prevent future outbreaks like this and to improving the safety of leafy greens available in the marketplace. Since the next romaine growing season for the Yuma region is underway, it’s critical for all of us to understand what happened so we can identify the changes that can prevent future outbreaks and reduce the scope of any problems that could arise. Read the full statement…

Check out these other resources:

Environmental Assessment
https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm624546.htm

EA main page
https://www.fda.gov/food/recallsoutbreaksemergencies/outbreaks/ucm235425.htm

Letter to states and industry
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/CFSANFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM624797.pdf

Reading room
https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofFoods/CFSAN/CFSANFOIAElectronicReadingRoom/default.htm

Outbreak closing
https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm604254.htm

Memo of investigation
https://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofGlobalRegulatoryOperationsandPolicy/ORA/ORAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM624633


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Michelle Shapiro is a communication specialist for the Environmental Health & Disability team at NACCHO.

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