The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has made several recalls this year.
Some of these recalls include Cap’n Crunch’s Peanut Butter Crunch cereal, Smartfood Delight’s sea salt flavored popcorn and Almond Breeze vanilla almond milk.
The most recent recall of romaine lettuce has had members of the public concerned.
A statement from Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control announced that they were investigating a multistate outbreak of E. Coli illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce.
The FDA said there was a previous outbreak of E. Coli that affected consumers in Canada and the U.S. in fall 2017. The outbreak of 2017 was associated with leafy greens in the U.S. and romaine lettuce in Canada. The FDA believes that there is no connection between the 2018 outbreak and the 2017 outbreak.
The FDA is working on a traceback to determine where the source of romaine lettuce has come from. They are also conducting laboratory testing of various samples of romaine lettuce that could potentially be linked to the current outbreak.
It is recommended by the FDA that members of the public should not consume any romaine lettuce until they find the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak. They warned that households should discard of any romaine lettuce, which includes mixed salad bags containing romaine.
Restaurants and retailers are advised by the FDA to not serve romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the exact strain of lettuce is found.
Officials of Farmers Country Market in Portales said they always take precautions when dealing with any recalls.
Terre Farris, the scan coordinator at Farmers Country Market, handles all the recalls at the local store.
“We get official word from the warehouse; they receive official lot numbers and dates that are affected, and then I go through and pull the items with affected lot number and dates from the shelves,” Farris said.
Farris said the items are then taken back to receiving and boxed up. Recall paperwork is placed with the items, and the box is labeled “Recall” in large print, so recalled items don’t get mixed up with other items.
According to Farris, Farmers Country Market recently pulled all the items containing romaine lettuce from their shelves. The warehouse hasn’t given them word weather or not the romaine lettuce items they had were part of the batch affected.
“We deal with people’s health and safety here. We have to take precautions,” Farris said.
Symptoms of E. Coli infections vary for each individual. The most common symptoms include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. A fever can be present but is usually not higher than 101 degrees. Most people get over the infection within 5-7 days, but for others, the infection can become severe or life threatening.