Romaine Recall Expands To Cauliflower, Red Leaf, Green Leaf Lettuce

Adam Bros. Farming Inc. of Santa Maria, California “out of an abundance of caution” has recalled red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested this year from November 27 through November 30 for it may be contaminated with E. Coli.

As of December 13, Adam Bros. Farming Inc. has notified its affected customers of all product that was recalled, asking that the product not be eaten, sold, or transferred. Furthermore, Adam Bros. requested that its customers notify the downline chain of custody to ensure a full recall.

Cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in AZ, CA, IL, LA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA. Tijuana, Mexico, and Canada; red and green leaf lettuce was distributed to wholesalers in CA, CO, OR, TX, PA, WA, and Canada;
red leaf lettuce only was distributed to a wholesaler in MN, and Tijuana, Mexico.

The recall was initiated after it was 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 product after it was harvested. None of the filtered,  treated water has tested positive for E. coli, all E. coli tests returning negative.

This bacteria may cause a diarrheal illness from which most healthy adults can recover completely within a week. Some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to severe kidney damage and even death.

Adams Bros. says none of the recalled product has tested positive for E. coli and no illnesses have been reported.

The California grower said it issued the recall in cooperation with the FDA. The recall involves produce harvested from particular fields. It does not include all of Adam Bros. Farming, Inc.’s products.

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