Take a look in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just reported a recall of cauliflower and red and green leaf lettuce. The produce is all from Adam Bros. Farming, a grower that may have been connected to an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.
The vegetables have been distributed in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
It’s also worth noting that unlike the last outbreak, this recall has been made out of “an abundance of caution.” The produce may have come into contact with water from a reservoir where E. coli was found. There is no guarantee the products are infected with E. coli, but because there is a possibility, it’s important to be careful. So far, no E. coli infections have been reported by people who ate green or red lettuce or cauliflower.
What products have been recalled?
The cauliflower and red and green leaf lettuce were grown in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Barbara counties in California. To see where your vegetables are from, look for a harvest location on product labels. (Consumers should also look for signs in stores where produce is not labeled.)
The lettuce and cauliflower were harvested recently, between November 27th and November 30th.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
Remove the produce from your fridge—and your dinner plans—ASAP. You have a couple of options here. The first is probably the easiest—throw it away. Even if you wash and cook the item, there’s no guarantee you won’t contract E. coli. Your other option is to take the item back to the grocery store where you bought it.
How can I avoid the E. coli outbreak?
It’s important to heed the advice of any recall issued by a reliable source, like the FDA or the USDA. (Use this app to keep up on the latest recall news.) It’s also important to follow food safety etiquette. Don’t eat undercooked meats, make sure to wash your hands and don’t eat any vegetables without washing them first.