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Factory Farm Responsible for Lettuce Contamination

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  • According to the latest statistics, there were 5,760 reported foodborne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations and 145 deaths
  • Of these, contaminated vegetables were responsible for 10 percent of illnesses. One of the most frequent sources of this contamination is nearby concentrated animal feeding operations
  • Most recently, a multistate E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to have been caused by runoff from a nearby factory farm into a canal. Water from the canal was used to irrigate the lettuce
  • It was the largest E. coli outbreak in 12 years, infecting 210 people in 36 states, hospitalizing 96 (27 of whom developed kidney failure) and killing five
  • Many enjoy the convenience of prewashed produce sold in bags, clamshells and tubs. Unfortunately, these products are the ones most frequently implicated in outbreaks associated with foodborne illness

By Dr. Mercola

According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, there were 5,760 reported foodborne outbreaks between 2009 and 2015, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations and 145 deaths. Contaminated vegetables were responsible for 10 percent of these illnesses.


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