Prepackaged salad recalled following E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens

A food manufacturer in Pennsylvania is recalling over 8,000 pounds of prepackaged salad products following an Escherichia coli outbreak that spread across several states and sickened dozens of people, according to The Washington Post.

The manufacturer, Fresh Foods Manufacturing, is recalling the prepackaged products after the company's romaine lettuce supplier said the vegetables may have been contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said April 14. The recalled products have not been connected to any E. coli-related illnesses, according to officials.

The outbreak, which started in mid-March, may have been caused by bagged and pre-chopped romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Ariz., and distributed to retailers across the country, the FDA said April 13. However, the agency did not identify specific farms or companies that grew, supplied and distributed the contaminated vegetables.

Although there have been no deaths from the outbreak, 35 people from 11 states have become sick. Twenty-two people, including three people suffering from kidney failure, have been hospitalized, according to the CDC.

These people became ill between March 22 and March 31, according to health officials. Most patients said they ate romaine lettuce within a week before they became sick.

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