Food Safety

11/22/19
Romaine Lettuce FDA Advisory Alert:
FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in the United States. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region is a likely source of this outbreak.

Consumers should not eat romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California. Greenleaf has stopped supplying romaine lettuce to its customers from the Salinas and surrounding areas.

Romaine lettuce may be voluntarily labeled with a harvest region. If romaine lettuce has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location) do not eat it. Throw it away or call your Greenleaf representative for advice.. If romaine lettuce does not have information about harvest region throw it away or again, call you GreenLeaf representative for advice. Once again, Greenleaf has stopped supplying romaine lettuce to its customers from the Salinas and surrounding areas.

At this time, romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Salinas region has not been implicated in this outbreak investigation. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine, which is voluntarily labeled as “indoor grown,” from any region does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers to avoid using romaine harvested from these other sources.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine harvested from Salinas, California. If you do not know the source of your romaine lettuce, and if you cannot ascertain that information, you should not serve, nor sell it. The FDA, CDC and California state health authorities are doing this because the number of illnesses tied to this outbreak has increased to over 40 people in 16 states. The authorities expect that there may be more illnesses associated with this outbreak.

For further information please contact your Greenleaf representative or Dr. Karl Kolb at 702.523.2068 or karl@highsierragroup.com

11/20/19
O157:H7 E coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

As I'm sure a number of you are aware, the FDA and CDC have announced another outbreak investigation of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 with a suspected link to romaine lettuce. On November 19, 2019, Maryland Department of Health announced the initial details of the investigation based on confirmed illnesses in that state. On November 20, 2019, the FDA and CDC released more information about the investigation, identifying 17 cases of illness reported in 8 states with the last onset date of November 8, 2019. The investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to monitor and provide appropriate updates when new information is available. Please direct any questions to Dr. Karl Kolb, GreenLeaf Science Advisor, karl@highsierragroup.com.

https://www.fda.gov/food/sampling-protect-food-supply/microbiological-su...

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigat...

https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/fda-investigated-mu...

11/2/19
Greenleaf has been notified that as of October 30th, 2019, Sobeys Inc. and Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., is recalling its Compliments brand Sweet Kale Blend from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, (see attached letter). At this time, there have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Compliments Sweet Kale Blend 255 g 0 68820 13305 6 BEST BEFORE: 19 OCT 28, 19 OCT 31, 19 NOV 01, 19 NOV 02, 19 NOV 03

Also, we have not been informed of any other products that could be affected by this possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. However, within the attachment provided by Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., there is a link to another recall on 1 November 2019 also of a similar origin by Sobeys Inc., which recalls the following products:

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
Compliments Sweet Kale Blend 255 g 0 68820 13305 6 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Vegetable Platter with a Ranch Dip 680 g 0 55742 53490 0 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Broccolini 170 g 0 68820 13307 0 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Cauliettes – Chopped Cauliflower 397 g 0 68820 13254 7 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Power Green Blend 284 g 0 68820 13304 9 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019
Compliments Green Beans 340 g 0 68820 10625 8 All units sold up to and including October 31, 2019

GreenLeaf advises its customers to place all these products on hold until definitive guidance is received from these vendors. Over the next three days Sobeys Inc. and Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. have stated they will be reviewing the above information and will advise the industry of how to proceed.
GreenLeaf takes these recalls and contamination events very seriously. GreenLeaf will remain vigilant over the weekend and provide you with updates as they are received.
Please contact Dr. Karl Kolb, Chief Science Officer, GreenLeaf at 1.702.523.2068 for further information.