Mixed salad leaves warning

Mixed salad leaves warning

The leaves could be linked to an E-coli outbreak

This is something many of us will be eating now the weather has finally took a turn for the better.

Public health officials are investigating whether mixed salad leaves may be to blame for an outbreak of E. coli that has claimed the lives of two people.

Public Health England (PHE) has advised “a small number of wholesalers” to stop adding some rocket leaves imported from the Mediterranean to their mixed salad bags as a precaution after the two fatalities.

151 people have reportedly been affected by the outbreak of E. coli O157 that began at the end of June.

E. coli O157 can cause a range of symptoms, including mild to bloody diarrhoea and severe abdominal pain, and can be passed on to other people through poor hand washing and poor toilet hygiene.

Public health advice has been given;

  • Remove any loose soil before storing vegetables.
  • Thoroughly wash all vegetables and salads which will be eaten raw unless they have been pre-prepared and are labelled “ready to eat”.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet, before and after handling food, and after contact with pets and animals, including farm animals.
  • Supervise young children when they wash their hands.

For more information on this, please see the ITV news website here.

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