The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people to check their refrigerators after beginning an investigation into spate of E.coli cases thought to be caused by a particular brand of pre-made salad kits.
The CDC issued a recall on Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits as it's believed they are the source of the E.coli outbreak that's sickened at least 8 people so far. According to a statement issued by the agency, four cases have been reported in Minnesota, three in Wisconsin, and one in North Dakota. Officials say this outbreak is different from another E.coli outbreak that's been linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.
Of the eight people who have fallen ill, three have required hospitalization, including one person who developed a type of kidney failure related to the illness. At least seven people who got sick reported eating any leafy green in the week before they became ill with another six saying they recall eating or maybe eating a Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit. Health officials have not yet been able to determine which ingredient was contaminated.
No deaths have been reported.
"Do not eat or sell Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits with this identifying information:UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19," the CDC said in a statement.
Officials are also urging anyone who had the salad kits to also wash and sanitize any drawers or shelves in the refrigerator where the salad kit was stored. Anyone with symptoms of E.coli is urged to contact their healthcare providers and write down everything they've eaten in the week leading up to their illness. People usually fall ill from E.coli anywhere from two to eight days after swallowing the germ.
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