Monitoring of 2017 E. coli Outbreak

January 26, 2018 UPDATE:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has announced that this outbreak appears to be over.  Their final update can be found here:  https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2017/o157h7-12-17/index.html

January 10, 2018
In collaboration with our association colleagues, we’d like to share the following update to last week’s communications regarding the current E. coli outbreak.

Updated public health notices have been issued by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  PHAC also has lifted their advisory around romaine lettuce consumption.

Canada Public Health statement:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/public-health-notices/2017/public-health-notice-outbreak-e-coli-infections-linked-romaine-lettuce.html

U.S. CDC statement:
https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/s0110-update-ecoli.html

U.S. FDA statement:
https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/SafetyAlertsAdvisories/ucm591989.htm

In response to this afternoon’s statements made by public health agencies in both the U.S. and Canada, the undersigned organizations call your attention to the following details:

Public Health agencies in both the United States and Canada are informing consumers that they no longer need to be concerned about consuming any particular food as they continue their investigation into what caused the outbreak that began in November.

 

Based on both statements, they have concluded that product is no longer in the market.

 

The group is committed to working with government agencies in both the US and Canada to assist with any investigatory needs moving forward.

Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Produce Marketing Association
United Fresh Produce Association
Western Growers 


January 4, 2018

A group of produce industry associations today issued the following statement to update consumers on a recent e.coli outbreak being investigated in Canada in the U.S.:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not identified what food likely caused this foodborne illness.  No public agency has contacted any Romaine lettuce grower, shipper or processor and requested that they either stop shipping or recall product already in the marketplace.

 

  • Even if this outbreak is actually confirmed to be caused by Romaine lettuce, it’s important to recognize this is a highly perishable product with a limited usable shelf life and it’s highly unlikely a specific affected lot would still be available for sale or in a home refrigerator with the last U.S. illness being reported on December 8th.

 

  • Food safety remains a top priority of leafy greens farmers, shippers and processors and the industry has robust food safety programs in place that incorporate stringent government regulatory oversight.

 

  • Our leading produce industry associations have and will continue to cooperate fully with public health officials investigating this foodborne illness outbreak.

 

  • Anytime we see an outbreak of any foodborne illness, our hearts go out to the victims.

The statement is attributed to the following organizations:
Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Produce Marketing Association
United Fresh Produce Association
Western Growers 


December 13, 2017

There is currently an investigation going on in Canada regarding an outbreak of e. coli.  The Canadian Public Health Agency has reported:

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157, commonly called E. coli. The outbreak involves three provinces and is linked to romaine lettuce. At this time, there are no product recalls associated with this outbreak. The outbreak investigation is ongoing, and this public health notice will be updated on a regular basis as the investigation evolves.  The risk to Canadians is low. However, Canadians are reminded to follow safe food handling practices for lettuce to avoid becoming ill. Most people with an E. coli infection will become ill for a few days and then recover fully. Some E. coli infections can be life threatening, though this is rare.

Our thoughts go out to the victims of this outbreak.  Along with officials in Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the California Department of Public Health and the LGMA are monitoring this situation.  The LGMA has reached out to FDA and CDPH and is ready to help if and when needed.

As of 12/13/17 there are no product recalls associated with this outbreak

To learn more about foodborne illness please visit our friends at STOP Foodborne Illness


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