Environmental FYI

Cauliflower, Leaf Lettuce Recalled Amid E.Coli Fears

The California farm at least partially responsible for the most recent romaine e.coli scare is now recalling its cauliflower, as well as its red- and green-leaf lettuce, USA Today reports. The Adam Bros. Farms of Santa Maria, CA, were identified publicly for the first time by the FDA last Thursday.

The recall is for the three types of produce that were grown in particular fields and harvested between Nov. 27-30, the company said. None of the recalled products has tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.

Both red and green leaf lettuces were distributed to wholesalers in California, Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Canada, plus red leaf also went to Minnesota and Tijuana, Mexico, according to Adam Bros. Farms. Cauliflower made its way to Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Mexico, and Canada.

In a statement, the farm explained while none of the aforementioned produce has tested positive for e.coli yet, they were issuing the recall “out of an abundance of caution,” as there is a possibility it’s been contaminated with e.coli. They elaborate they “discovered that sediment from a reservoir near where the produce was grown tested positive for E. coli. Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested.”

The potentially affected cauliflower was harvested in California from November 27 through 30 and shipped to wholesalers across Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as to Canada and Mexico. The lettuces went out to California, Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Canada.

Late last week, the FDA announced Adams Bros. Farms were not the only ones responsible for all the recent documented illnesses, and they are still working on identifying exactly where in California all the e.coli that’s made people sick over the past few months came from.

If you have cauliflower that was harvested between those dates and came from California, you might not want to eat it or transfer it. You can throw it out or bring it back to the grocery store. Read the statement from Adams Bro. Farms in full here.

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