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Santa Maria farm tied to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

CDC advises consumers to check harvesting labels on romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control says an E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has sickened 43 people in 12 states in the U.S. and 22 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
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The Centers for Disease Control says an E.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has sickened 43 people in 12 states in the U.S. and 22 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

A Santa Maria farm has been tied to the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak that left 59 people sick across the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, Adam Bros. Family Farms, was one of eight farms on the Central Coast the organization is investigating in regards to the outbreak.

In a news release on Thursday, the CDC said it found the outbreak strain of E. Coli in an agricultural water reservoir at Adam Bros. Family Farms. Whole genome sequencing showed that the strain found in the reservoir was “closely related genetically to the E. coli ... isolated from ill people.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating how the E. coli bacteria could have entered the reservoir and contaminated the farm’s lettuce.

Romaine lettuce from Adam Bros. Family Farms is no longer available for sale, according to the release.

Since it was reported in November, 59 people have fallen ill as part of the outbreak — and 23 of those have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.

The FDA is still advising people to not buy or eat romaine lettuce from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara counties.

Romaine from Santa Cruz, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties can re-enter the marketplace as long as it was harvested after Nov. 23.

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Kaytlyn Leslie writes about business and development for The San Luis Obispo Tribune. Hailing from Nipomo, she also covers city governments and happenings in the South County region, including Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Grover Beach. She joined The Tribune in 2013 after graduating from Cal Poly with her journalism degree.

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