About 63,000 cases of illness from E.coli happen in the U.S. each year, and a growing number of cases are linked to lettuce, spinach and other leafy greens in bagged salads, according to a study published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. The study examined an outbreak of foodborne illness that was traced to bagged salad, in which six people were hospitalized and two died.


MarderEllyn P., GarmanKatie N., IngramLily Amanda, and DunnJohn R.. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. -Not available-, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/fpd.2013.1726.

Link to full article: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/fpd.2013.1726

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