The CDC has again asked the general public to be selective about eating romaine lettuce for awhile longer. The current CDC map of reported cases of E. coli still does not indicate any cases in Tennessee, but the possibility that tainted romaine is available in the state is a real possibility.
Nine more people have become sick. The total is now 52 across 15 states. The highest numbers are in California and New Jersey. Michigan, New Hampshire and New York were also at the top of the list. Other states include: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Rhode Island. Almost twenty people have been hospitalized including two have suffered kidney failure. So far, no deaths have occurred.
The FDA believes the contaminated lettuce came from crops in California. In addition, the FDA says romaine lettuce featuring labeling information showing it was harvested outside of that area should be safe to eat. Hydroponically and/or greenhouse grown romaine should also be safe to eat.
Incidences such as these remind all of us of the dangers of food poisoning. Verner Smith's office has a successful background in pursuing those negligent of food poisoning, including a landmark case in Hardeman County which resulted in Smith's office pursuing the case all of the way to the Tennessee Supreme Court. You can read about the successful case and all of the details here. Contact us with any concerns you may have at (731) 423-1888, (901) 730-4567, or (615) 371-6136.