A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution.
Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution.
The recalled cauliflower was distributed to wholesalers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, in addition to Canada and Tijuana, Mexico.
The recalled red and green leaf lettuce was distributed to wholesalers in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state.
A full list of the lot numbers on the recalled produce can be found on the Adams Bros. recall advisory here.
Previously the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said investigators traced the E. coli from sickened patients back to Santa Barbara County and ultimately to Adams Bros. Farm. Testing of the property and facilities found the E. coli strain genetically matching the strain associated with the outbreak on in the sediment of a reservoir used to irrigate the farm.
E.coli from the romaine lettuce sickened at least 60 people in 15 states. Twenty-three of the sickened people were hospitalized.
Although the FDA is confident that all the contaminated romaine lettuce has been pulled from the market, evidence indicated that “the outbreak may not be explained by a single farm, grower, harvester, or distributor.” Federal and state officials continue to investigate the outbreak for other sources before the start of the next growing season.
Consumers should avoid eating romaine lettuce grown on California’s Central Coast, specifically from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara Counties.