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Salad product recall over E. coli bacteria impacts 22 states, including Minnesota

Salad product recall over E. coli bacteria impacts 22 states, including Minnesota Photo: Ready Pac Foods

Updated: November 22, 2019 06:10 AM

More than 75,000 pounds of salad products were recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination in the lettuce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday.

Missa Bay, LLC, a New Jersey company, issued the recall for 97,272 pounds of salad products containing meat or poultry, the USDA said in a statement.

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The USDA classified the health risk as "high" and said the department will "likely update the poundage" of affected products as more information becomes available.

A full list of recalled products is available here.

The recall comes amid a multi-state outbreak of E.coli infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A total of 17 people from eight states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, Montana, Washington, and Wisconsin—have reported being infected with E.coli, the CDC said in a statement. Of those affected, seven people were hospitalized.

There have been no fatalities, according to the CDC.

The Maryland Department of Health identified E.coli in an unopened package of Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad that was collected from a sick person's home in Maryland.

The products were sold on Oct. 14 through Oct. 16 in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Calls to Missa Bay were not immediately returned.

Investigators are determining if the sample of E.coli found in the Ready Pac salads are closely related to the strain, identified as E.coli 0157:H7, found in people infected in the outbreak, according to the CDC.

Most people infected with that strain of E.coli can experience diarrhea, which is often bloody, and vomiting. Many of those infected recovers within a week, but, in rare cases, a person can develop a severe infection.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Nov. 21, 2019 - USDA updated to reduce the poundage recalled from 97,272 to 75,233 due to the exclusion of non FSIS-regulated product. The spreadsheet of products has been updated to reflect these changes and the labels have been added.

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