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Wisconsin, Minnesota among states affected by E. coli outbreak

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ATLANTA, GA -- The CDC and the FDA are investigating an E. coli outbreak across multiple states, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, that they believed is caused by a particular brand of premade salad kits.

Officials believe the likely source of the outbreak is the Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad kit.

Health officials say five Minnesotans and three Wisconsinites, as well as one person from North Dakota, became sick between November 5 through November 15 after eating the salad.

No deaths have been reported, but officials say three people have been hospitalized, and one person experienced kidney failure.

A food safety alert has been issued by the CDC and says anyone who has the kit should throw it away, even if some of the kit was eaten and no one got sick.

Any drawers or shelves where the kit was stored should be cleaned.

Any kits affected will have a UPC code of 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z, and a best-before date up to and including 07DEC19.

Click here to learn more about the outbreak.

Officials say although romaine lettuce is one of the ingredients in the kit, however, it isn't known if the outbreak is related to another current outbreak linked to the Salinas California growing region.

Click here to learn more about the outbreak.

Krystal Frasier

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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