Due to a safety investigation being conducted by the FDA all romaine lettuce has been removed from all menus until further notice. Please see below:
Dear Food Service Director and Ordering Contact,
On November 20, 2018 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued this recommendation:
"The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.
Genetic analysis of the E. coli O157:H7 strains tested to date from patients in this current outbreak are similar to strains of E. coli O157:H7 associated with a previous outbreak from the Fall of 2017 that also affected consumers in both Canada and the U.S. The 2017 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with leafy greens in the U.S. and romaine in Canada. This year, romaine lettuce is the suspected vehicle for both the U.S. and Canadian outbreaks. There is no genetic link between the current outbreak and the E.coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine that occurred in the Spring of 2018.
The FDA is conducting a trace back investigation to determine the source of the romaine lettuce eaten by people who became sick. Additionally, FDA and states are conducting laboratory analysis of romaine lettuce samples potentially linked to the current outbreak.
The most recent illness onset in the U.S. in the current outbreak was October 31, 2018. For this outbreak investigation, the average interval between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to CDC is 20 days".
** DoD FRESH PROGRAM/FFAVORS: **
Until this has been resolved, romaine lettuce will not be available on the FFAVORS catalog and will be removed from any pending orders. If you ordered and recently received romaine lettuce dispose of the product and clean the area where it was stored. The vendor is not responsible to give you a credit for the romaine. This is still an open investigation, not a recall and no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time.
Recommendation: People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak.
Please feel free to contact us at 1-877-TEX-MEAL (1-877-839-6325), then press #4 if you have any questions. We will release new or updated information as we receive it.
Texas Department of Agriculture
Food and Nutrition
USDA Foods Section