Update Regarding E. coli O157:H7 Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Georgia is among 19 states, at this time, that have confirmed cases of persons that have become ill with E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce grown in the region of Yuma, Arizona.  The following is advice from the CDC to food service operators and retailers:

  • Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
  • Food service operators and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.

Visit Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers on the CDC’s website for more detailed guidance concerning the outbreak.

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WHO IS MORE LIKELY TO GET A FOODBORNE ILLNESS?

The CDC has posters available to remind us of the groups that are more likely to get a food borne illness (FBI).  These posters provide information that care givers and food safety workers can use to help prevent FBIs .  Follow this link for more content:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/education-month.html

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INFOGRAPHIC ON CONTRIBUTING FACTORS TO FOODBORNE ILLNESS

It is now Week 2 of National Food Safety Education Month.  The CDC has made an informative infographic available for download that provides areas to focus on to help minimize foodborne illness.  Other Food Safety resources are available as well at the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/publications/cf-infographic.html