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January 27, 2021: Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak Update News

Leafy Greens E. coli Outbreak Update News – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has determined that the E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens is officially over. They last CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) update was on December 22, 2020.

Leafy Greens E. Coli Outbreak Update Information

FDA and CDC officials, along with state and local partners, investigated E. coli infections in the fall of 2020. On December 22, 2020, the CDC declared the E. coli leafy greens outbreak over.

A traceback investigation and epidemiological evidence determined the outbreak was linked to leafy greens. A specific type of leafy greens could not be determined. The FDA’s investigated multiple types of leafy greens, per patient interviews. This led FDA and state partners to investigate certain farms of interest.

Per the FDA’s update notice:

“Teams were deployed to dozens of ranches in the region to conduct large scale environmental sampling. Additionally, no Shiga toxin-producing E. coli were found on leafy greens. As part of the field investigation, teams conducted environmental sampling on and around ranches of interest to identify any factors that could have led to contamination. Samples of soil, scat or animal droppings, compost, water, and other environmental sources were collected and analyzed.”

After laboratory analysis was completed, a positive match to the outbreak strain was found in a sample of cattle feces. The feces samples were collected during follow-up investigations on a roadside, uphill from where leafy greens, or other foods identified in the traceback investigation, were grown. Officials caution that this does not provide definitive information on how E. coli may have contaminated leafy greens, and other products, during the growing and harvesting season, it does confirm a presence of the E. coli 0157:H7 strain “that causes recurring outbreaks in a more narrowly defined growing region and a potential, continued source of contamination.”

The FDA has advised that its investigational activities are finished, but that officials will continue to review findings from this outbreak. FDA officials will be releasing a detailed report in the near future.

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Always put your health first. If you suspect that you have contracted E. coli or are experiencing food poisoning symptoms, contact your doctor. He or she can order a stool culture to confirm E. coli infection.

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