Salads Implicated in STEC Outbreaks


In a December 30th Food Safety Alert the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed ongoing outbreaks of E. coli O157.  The vehicles of infection have been identified as Simple Truth Organic Power Greens and Nature’s Basket Organic Power Greens with a use-by date of December 20th 2021. 


To date 13 cases have been identified through PulseNet with four hospitalizations in six states.  Patients ranged in age from 4 to 79 years and were disproportionately female.  Of twelve patients interviewed, all reported eating packaged salads implicating the two brands. 


Investigations are in progress and it is possible that additional cases will be identified.