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Freshway Foods, a company that describes itself as one of the leading regional fresh-cut distributors in the country, sells the romaine under Freshway and Imperial Sysco brand names, and has recalled the produce after the question of a possible link to the E. coli outbreak was raised.
Although Freshway Foods is based in Ohio, the FDA is focusing on Arizona-grown lettuce as the potential culprit.
Among the people sickened in this outbreak have been college students attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State University, and Deamen College in Amherst, NY. Freshway sells its produce to a variety of food-service outlets; it's not yet clear where the students came into contact with the tainted food.
E.coli, a food-borne pathogen transmitted through feces, can cause serious, even fatal illness. According to the AP, three of the victims in this case are suffering from hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can lead to bleeding in the kidneys and the brain.
If you live in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia or Wisconsin, or if you buy the "grab and go" salads sold at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh grocery stores, this recall could affect you. Check for the brand names Freshway and Imperial Sysco, with a sell-by date of May 12.