Eight people in three states have taken ill from eating Fresh Express lettuce tainted with E. coli.
According to the CDC, the illnesses have been linked to Fresh Express’ Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.
Officials are urging anyone who has purchased the salad kit to throw it away and thoroughly clean the refrigerator in which it was stored.
The kits have this identifying information: UPC 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19. This information is printed on the front of the bag in the top right corner.
Three people have been hospitalized, and one person has developed kidney failure. The illnesses have been reported in North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota. No deaths have been reported.
Based in Atlanta, the CDC said romaine lettuce is one of the salad kit’s ingredients, but officials don’t know if this outbreak is related to a current outbreak linked to the Salinas, California, growing region.
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