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Listeria Now Found In Romaine Lettuce As Number Of Deaths Rises

Listeria has been found in romaine lettuce from California, as the number of deaths from listeria found on cantaloupes increases to 15.

Listeria has been found in romaine lettuce from California, as the number of deaths from listeria found on cantaloupes increases to 15.

Cartons of bagged romaine lettuce, over 2,000 of them, have now been recalled after the lettuce tested positive for the listeria bacteria. Although there have been no reports of illness connected to the lettuce, True Leaf Farms of Salinas, California have recalled lettuce that was shipped on 12 and 13 September, and had a best before date of 29 September. The product had been sent to food distributors in many other states.

Since the best before date has now passed for the lettuce, this should not add to the number of cases which have affected people in many different states due to contaminated cantaloupe.

Listeria has sickened many, but the source of the outbreak has not been connected to lettuce. Cantaloupe from Colorado have been pin pointed as the source of that outbreak which has now killed 15 people since the end of July, and more than 80 other people have been made ill according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC. This is the deadliest outbreak of a food borne illness in the United States for ten years, and those with compromised immune systems have been warned not to eat cantaloupe from Colorado, and if they are unsure of its origin, to play safe, and throw it away.

Those more at risk are the elderly and women who are pregnant. There has been no explanation given as to how the cantaloupe or lettuce became infected with the listeria bacteria, which can cause fever, headaches, muscle aches and even convulsions, and for pregnant women, it can cause stillbirths as well as miscarriages.

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