Today we face another food recall in the US. Freshway Foods has recalled romaine lettuce from 23 states after reports of a possible E. coli contamination. According to reports from the Huffington Post, nineteen people in Ohio, New York and Michigan are reported to be ill, but thankfully no victims have died yet. Among the victims are students from the University of Michigan.
The FDA is looking closely at lettuce from Arizona as the source of the outbreak, having found contamination in a bag of shredded lettuce.
E. coli can cause mild diarrhea and intestinal discomfort, but may also lead to kidney damage, or bleeding in the kidneys or brain, so it is very important to see a doctor if you think you may be infected.
Several years ago, I suffered a salmonella infection from a contaminated restaurant kitchen. Personally, I'd like to see many more safeguards in place to stop these outbreaks, so people don't have to suffer. I'm also not comfortable living in one of the most powerful nations in the world, yet being afraid to eat food from my local supermarket. Some people think the government is wasting its time getting involved, but I'd like to see more involvement.
Have you ever been the victim of a dangerous food contamination? How do you feel about what the FDA does to prevent further outbreaks? Is it enough?