E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce grown in Salinas

November 23, 2019


Federal health official are asking people to avoid eating romaine lettuce grown in Salinas because of a food poisoning outbreak. Also, avoid any of the leafy green that does not include a label saying where it was grown.

Between Sept.24 and Nov. 10, 40 people across 16 states, including California, were infected with E. Coli. No one died because of the E. coli outbreak.

FDA investigators traced the contaminated lettuce to farms in Salinas. They are working to determine the contamination source.

Symptoms typically develop three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains E. coli. An E. coli infection can result in high fever, blood in the stool and so much vomiting that one cannot keep liquids down.

Anyone who develops these symptoms is instructed to contact a healthcare provider. Antibiotics are generally not recommended for E. coli infections.


…the 40 are those reported. I wonder what the usual statistic is for those NOT reported because people were not hospitalized…I have a friend who was violently ill after eating Salinas romaine before the notice came out. Her husband begged her to go to ER, but she did not go. Thankfully, she has recovered after a night of hell.


This would be covered by the CDC.


I am left wondering whether it was a field hand with dirty hands or the source of the treated water flooding the fields.

USDA & USEPA/ CAL WATER BOARD are never forthcoming with useful Intel.

Good reasons to grow your own…