Aunt Midís, ďYou Canít Handle the TruthĒ of this Lettuce E. coli Outbreak
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ďAunt Mid's is pleased to issue this update of the State of Michigan's test results, which confirms the Company's position that its products were not the source of the E. coli contamination. All test results maintain and reinforce Aunt Mid's sterling reputation in the produce industry for product safety and integrity."
Although it is clear, that as the Detroit News reports, that the source of an E. coli bacteria outbreak that sickened 50 people last month in Michigan, Illinois and Canada has been identified as California lettuce manufactured by Aunt Mid's Produce Company, Aunt Mid's seems bent on denying the truth - they just "can't handle the truth." Here are the findings of the Michigan State Department of Health:
upon analysis of scientific evidence from MDCH's
epidemiological investigation, iceberg lettuce has been identified as the
source of the illness outbreak. Case control studies performed independently
Based upon the product trace back investigation conducted by the MI Department of Agriculture (MDA), Fresh Pak/Aunt Mid's was the common processor of the lettuce supplied to the outbreak locations at MSU, Lenawee County Jail, and in Illinois as well as other foodservice locations identified by ill individuals.
heads of lettuce being supplied to Aunt Mid's for
washing, cutting, and bagging during the outbreak timeframe were identified
as lettuce from
MDA conducted product and environmental sample testing at Aunt Mid's the week of September 26. The firm, MDCH, MSU, and FDA conducted additional testing and all those tests were negative for E. coli. However, those were CURRENT products, not products from the outbreak timeframe.
Lettuce from the outbreak timeframe was not available for testing during the investigation due to the perishable nature of the product.
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