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Published on Oct 03, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Cantaloupe, Romaine and Iceberg Lettuce Recalled Due to Listeria

Listeria food poisoning outbreak

Cantaloupe, romaine and iceberg lettuce have both been recently recalled due to listeria contamination. The Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis, a disease that is particularly dangerous for older people and those with compromised immune systems.

The romaine lettuce recall affects 2,500 cartons of the produce distributed to 21 states and Canada. True Leaf Farms said the lettuce was shipped to wholesale food distributors in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont. Romaine lettuce included in the recall has a use-by date of Sept. 29.

On October 13, Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle shoppers were warned that bags of Farmer's Market shredded iceberg lettuce with the UPC code 3003430195 are being recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. The tainted lettuce may have been used in Italian, New York and All-American sandwich rings from Giant Eagle deli with the UPC codes: 23755100000, 24755500000, 22755100000, 25755500000, 21755100000 and 26755500000.

The cantaloupe food poisoning outbreak has become the deadliest foodborne illness epidemic in over a decade, causing at least 30 deaths. Experts have told consumers to dispose of any cantaloupe they have if they don't know where it's from. In addition to the fatalities, over 140 people have fallen ill after eating Rocky Ford cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms' fields in Granada, Colorado.

Fatalities have been reported in Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. Illnesses were reported in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and diarrhea. It can also lead to miscarriages, stillbirth, and premature delivery in pregnant women.

Sources: "Experts issue new warnings in listeria outbreak." USA Today. September 29, 2011.
"Romaine lettuce listeria recall expands to 21 states, Canada." MSNBC.com. September 30, 2011.
"Federal officials expand efforts as cantaloupe warnings continue." CNN.com. September 29, 2011.
"Giant Eagle recalls lettuce, sandwich rings." wtae.com. October 13, 2011.
"Death Toll From Tainted Cantaloupes Hits 28." WTAE.com. October 26, 2011.
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