Outbreak Investigation of E. coli: Romaine from Salinas, California (November 2019) - Cattle Ranches Source of Outbreak at Lettuce Farms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the findings of an investigation into the contamination of romaine lettuce implicated in three outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 during the Fall of 2019. These findings, together with the findings from earlier leafy greens outbreaks dating back to 2013, suggest that a potential contributing factor has been the proximity of cattle—a persistent source of E. coli O157:H7 and other STEC—to the produce fields identified in traceback investigations.

United States Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Clover Sprouts

As of March 17, 2020, 39 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O103 have been reported from six states.  The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O103 infections linked to clover sprouts.