Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Contamination Outbreak Prompts SafeTraces To Launch Rapid On-Site Test
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PLEASANTON, Calif., April 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SafeTraces, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area-based company that is marketing ground-breaking food safety solutions, announced today that it has completed the validation of SaniTracers™, a revolutionary material that will become an invaluable tool for food processors as they seek to provide safer products. Foodborne illness outbreaks are becoming more frequent and far-reaching every day with no end in sight: The latest multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing *E. coli* O157:H7 infections, linked to contaminated romaine lettuce, has so far resulted in 53 cases of illness and 31 hospitalizations, including 5 cases of a type of kidney failure (i.e., Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome). Over a month after the onset of the outbreak, the source still remains unknown, prompting the CDC to warn consumers to avoid all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ region since the exact origin of the product could not be determined. It is evident that the wash process was not effective in removing the contamination which was likely introduced at the field. "Food processors have very limited tools to quickly verify, before shipment, the lethality of their wash processes on pathogenic bacteria that are sometimes present on fresh produce," said Dr. Anthony Zografos, CEO of SafeTraces.

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