California farm tied to romaine lettuce recall for E. coli recalling cauliflower and other lettuce

By Jon Johnson

SANTA MARIA, CALIF. – Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, Calif. is voluntarily recalling  green and red leaf lettuce and cauliflower grown at their farm. 

The company issued a news release Thursday regarding the recall and said they are working in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration. 

“Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. feels a strong commitment to its customers and has worked for years to provide a safe and healthy food supply,” the release stated. “Out of an abundance of caution, Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. is initiating this voluntary recall in cooperation with the FDA. The recall involves produce harvested between November 27, 2018 and November 30, 2018, grown in particular fields. It does not involve all of Adam Bros. Farming, Inc.’s products.”

For Arizona, the recall only is in regard to the cauliflower as the red and green lettuce was not distributed to wholesalers in the state. 

Customers who have purchased Adam Bros. Farming Inc. cauliflower are urged to return it to the place of purchase or destroy it. 

“The recall was initiated after it was discovered that sediment from a reservoir near where the produce was grown tested positive for E. coli O157:H7,” the release states. “Filtered and treated water from the reservoir may have come in contact with the produce after it was harvested. None of the filtered, treated water has tested positive for E. coli, all E. coli tests returning negative. This bacteria may cause a diarrheal illness from which most healthy adults can recover completely within a week. Some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.”

The type of E. coli found at the farm has sickened 59 people in 15 states nationwide.