30 May

BBC News is reporting that people are falling ill with E-Coli, due to uncleaned mixed leaves you can buy from the supermarket. At Trenchers Catering we do use bagged mixed leaves, however as is good practice with food hygiene, we wash our salads before use regardless of what is said on the packaging, and would advise everyone to do the same.

Please see the below  news article taken from The BBC New website:

Shoppers are being reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that this food could be the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK.

Public Health England says it is still working to establish the exact cause.

Many of those struck down by the E. coli O157 bug had eaten pre-packed salad, including rocket leaves.

The infection can cause bloody diarrhoea and abdominal pain.

People usually notice symptoms three to four days after they have been infected, but symptoms can start any time between one and 14 days afterwards and last for up to two weeks.

Some people will have no symptoms, but others can develop serious complications and will need medical help.

Public Health England says the strain involved is likely to be imported, possibly from the Mediterranean area.

To date, it has been informed of 151 cases – 144 people in England, six in Wales and one in Scotland.

Of these, 62 needed hospital care and two patients died.

Most of the cases of the outbreak in England were clustered in the South West.

Dr Isobel Oliver from PHE, said: “All food sample results to date have been negative for E. coli O157 – but it’s important to be aware that where food has been contaminated with E. coli O157, it is not always possible to identify the bacteria on food testing.

“As an additional precautionary measure, we have advised a small number of wholesalers to cease adding some imported rocket leaves to their mixed salad products pending further investigations.”

People can help protect themselves from possible infection by washing their hands before eating and handling food and by thoroughly washing vegetables and salads that they are preparing to eat (unless they have been pre-prepared and are specifically labelled “ready to eat”).

E. coli O157 is found in the gut and faeces of many animals, particularly cattle, and can contaminate food and water.

Outbreaks of O157 are rare compared with other food-borne diseases. UK.