Possible E. Coli Contamination Prompts Romaine Lettuce Recall in 19 States

Romaine Lettuce recall triggered by fears of foodborne illness.

Romaine lettuce recall in 19 states prompted by 2000 instances of possible E.coli contamination (Photo: Kevin Summers/Getty Images)

Aug 20, 2012
Nichol Nelson hails from Minnesota, but has worked in food journalism in New York and Los Angeles for more than a decade. She served as an editor with Gourmet magazine for six years, and has contributed to several other digital and print food publications.

Another day, another alarming recall.

Romaine lettuce from a Northern California produce supplier has been voluntarily recalled from 19 states, Puerto Rico, and Canada due to concerns over E. coli contamination. More than 2,000 cases of lettuce are involved in the recall, reports the Associated Press.

The lettuce comes from Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle, and is limited to a single lot of its Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine. The lettuce is packed in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9, and it may have a "best by" date of Aug. 19.

The states that received the potentially contaminated product include:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington

Consumers with unsure whether they have contaminated product can call Tanimura & Antle at 877-827-7388.

So far, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the lettuce. Stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting are common symptoms in those infected with E. coli.

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