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Salad recalled due to bacterial contamination

GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH from Jagsthausen (Baden-Württemberg) has issued a recall for the item “Good and inexpensive salad mix, leaf salad mix”. Harmful E. coli bacteria were detected in lettuce, which was sold to Edeka, among others.

GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH is recalling lettuce because E. coli bacteria harmful to health have been detected. (Image: baibaz / stock.adobe.com)

GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH recalls the article “Good and inexpensive salad mix, leaf salad mix” in a 150 gram package. According to a press release, only products with an expiration date of October 5, 2020 are affected.

Available at Marktkauf and Edeka

“The reason for the preventive recall of the batch is that STEC bacteria (E. Coli forming shigatoxin) were discovered during the examination of a sample”, indicates the message published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and of Food Safety (BVL) on its portal “food warning .de” published. The product concerned was withdrawn from the market as a precautionary measure.

According to the information, the article with the expiration date of October 5, 2020 was mainly offered in Marktkauf and Edeka in the Länder of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Customers who have purchased the product in question can return it to their stores in exchange for a refund of the purchase price, even without showing the receipt.

Not all infected people get sick

According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the detrimental effect of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), also known as E. Verotoxin-producing Coli (VTEC), is based on the fact that they produce effective toxins in the human intestine, Shiga toxins (Stx). Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) are the best known representatives of STECs.

An EHEC infection can be symptomless, with the pathogen being excreted within one to three weeks, rarely over a long period, explains the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) on its website. During this time, other people can also become infected if hygiene is poor.

If symptoms do appear, nausea, vomiting, and mild, watery diarrhea usually occur after an incubation period of about two to ten days (average three to four days).

Infants, young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems in particular can develop more serious illness with bloody diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps.

According to the LGL, five to ten percent of patients, especially preschool children, develop “a severe clinical picture after bowel disturbance (about a week after the onset of diarrhea)”. (a d)

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Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety: Details of food warnings, (accessed: 04.10.2020), Lebensmittelwarnung.delebensmittelwarnung.de: Press release: GARTENFRISCH Jung GmbH informs: Regional product recall good & cheap salad mix , lettuce mix, (consulted on: 04.10.2020), Lebensmittelwarnung.de Federal Institute for Risk assessment: E. coli producing shigatoxins in food: prediction of the pathogenic potential of different strains not yet possible, (consulted on 04.10.2020 ), Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Bavarian Office for Health and Food Safety: EHEC (enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli bacterium), (access: 04.10.2020), Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety

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