05/06/2010 - An E. coli outbreak possibly linked to tainted lettuce has sickened at least 19 people in Ohio, New York and Michigan, including students on at least two college campuses, prompting a recall throughout much of the country.
Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling romaine lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of a possible link to E. coli.
Twelve of those sickened were hospitalized and three reported life-threatening symptoms, the Food and Drug Administration said. The federal Centers for Disease Control said it was looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.
Eric Olsen, director of food and consumer product safety at the Pew Health Group, says this recall shows the food safety system is broken and outdated.
"We are rushing around after people who have been sick to try and find out what the cause was," he said.
Read the full article, E. Coli Cases Could be Linked to Lettuce Recall on the CNYCentral.com Web site.