December 13, 2018

E. coli Outbreak Update

Today, December 13, FDA updated its ongoing investigation and public advisory related to the E. coli outbreak currently linked to romaine lettuce. While the traceback investigation is ongoing, FDA has identified a pathogen matching the outbreak strain in an agricultural reservoir on the property of a single farm. The water from the reservoir on this single farm doesn’t fully explain the common source of the contamination. FDA is continuing this investigation.

In addition, FDA has removed three additional counties from the consumer alert: Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz. Three counties still remain under the advisory: Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara. All other areas not linked to this outbreak are clear to enter the market, provided that the product continues to be labeled with the harvest date and location.

Click here to read the updated FDA advisory.

Click here to read the updated food safety alert from the CDC.

For more information, please contact Sonia Salas at [email protected] or (949) 885-2251.