E.coli outbreak: risk of contaminated salad

Author: talkhealth

Date: JUL 2016

E.coli has been sweeping the nation, with over 150 Brits being struck down by food poisoning, and a further 2 being killed by infection. The illness, which is commonly caused by eating contaminated food, has claimed victims in England, Scotland and Wales.

Although a definitive answer for the cause of the outbreak has not yet been found, a common connection between the victims has been identified. Mixed salad leaves, such as rocket and baby spinach frequently bought in supermarkets and marked as ‘ready to eat’, were eaten by the majority of those affected prior to falling sick.

With men, women and children at risk of catching this debilitating illness, Public Health England has warned the entire nation to stay vigilant when preparing meals with fresh produce. You can read the full talkhealth article here.

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Last revised: 25 July 2016

Next review: 25 July 2019