MONDAY UPDATE: The USDA released a retail list Monday of stores in the Fresh Foods recall. It's included below.
The romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak has caused several recalls over the weekend as well as six new cases not counted in a CDC update.
The Centers for Disease Control said it has traced the problem to a romaine lettuce supplier in Yuma, Arizona. The agency recommends that households throw out the romaine lettuce and that diners refrain from romaine lettuce in restaurants unless the establishment can confirm it didn't come from Yuma.
Arizona wasn't one of the 11 states with E. coli cases in that CDC update. But the Arizona Department of Health website states it has three cases linked to the outbreak. Montana's Department of Health website also says it has three cases not counted by the CDC with five more "pending confirmatory testing."
Counting the Arizona and Montana confirmed illnesses would bring the national total to 41 hit by E. coli in 13 states. The CDC reported 35 ill, 22 of which have been hospitalized, an unusually high 62.8 percent. Three of those people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a form of kidney failure that can be fatal.
Mild E. coli symptoms — stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea — can last from five to seven days. HUS is the most serious E. coli symptom, to which children under 5 and senior citizens are most vulnerable.
The Food Poison Journal, run by the Marler-Clark food safety law firm, ran a picture of several packaged salad products hurriedly tagged at an Albertson's as recalled. Albertson's still owns a Safeway in Oakland Park and 16 Chevron gas stations in Broward County.
Giant Eagle, which operates Market District stores and GetGo gas station/conveninece stores in the Midwest, recalled numerous varieties of packaged salads in a recall announced via press release but is not among the recalls listed on its website:
▪ Great to Go Brand Chicken Caesar Salad; Chicken Bacon Cobb Salad; Chef Salad; Garden Chicken Salad; Garden Salad with Balsamic; and Garden Salad.
▪ Giant Eagle Brand Buffalo Chicken Wrap; Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Ranch; Chicken Caesar Salad; Greek Salad; Garden Medley Salad; Strawberry Salad with Candied Pecans; Grilled Chicken Salad; Cobb Salad; Buffalo Chicken Salad; Italian Style Salad; Chef Salad; Caesar Salad with Creamy Caesar Dressing; Italian Syle Salad with Italian Dressing; Caesar Salad from Catering, large and small; and Garden Salad from Catering, large and small.
▪ Market District Brand Caesar Salad; Greek Salad; Chicken Salad with Candied Walnuts and Grapes; Sandwich Boxed Lunch; Salad Boxed Lunch; Big Boxed Lunch; and Combo Boxed Lunch
▪ Market District Brand Grab and Go Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad; Garden Salad with Balsamic; Garden Salad with Ranch; and Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad.
Three kinds of "Great to Go Market District" prepackaged salads — Chicken and Bacon; Caesar Salad with Chicken; Chef Salad with Ham, Turkey and Hard Boiled Egg — were listed in a USDA-posted by Giant Foods' Fresh Food Manufacturing Saturday night. The salads have sell by dates from Friday to Monday and went to retail stores in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
"The problem was discovered on April 13, 2018 when Fresh Foods Manufacturing Co., received notification from their romaine lettuce supplier that the romaine lettuce used by the establishment in the products was being recalled due to E. Coli O157:H7 concerns," the recall notice states.
Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a list of retail outlets the Food Safety and Inspection Service believes received the recalled Great to Go Market District prepackaged salads.
GetGo stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania; five GetGo Cafe & Market stations in the Indianapolis area -- two in Carmel, one in Plainfield, one down the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; and one on Pendleton Pike.
Anyone with questions about these recalls can call Fresh Food Manufacturing Co. at 412-967-4551.