E. coli in Lettuce – No Recall Yet, But US’ Largest Food Service Company is First to Suspend Romaine

By: Candess Zona-Mendola In the midst of the two E. coli outbreaks plaguing the United States and Canada, it seems that, despite the lack of recalls in either country, some companies are taking it into their own hands to suspend romaine lettuce sales. With a case count of almost 60 sick and two dead from the two outbreaks, concern is mounting. Today, the Chicago Tribune broke the news that the United States’ largest food service company, Compass Group, has suspended romaine use in its products during the pendency of the joint E. coli investigations. The company, among others, has taken matters into their own hands despite CDC’s statement, “[b]ecause we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether U.S. residents should avoid a particular food. This investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released as it becomes available.” The suspension follows the steps of Canadian retailer Sobeys and Jungle Jim…

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