Possibly Contaminated With E. coli


NEW HAVEN, CT -- Congresswoman DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement in response to the recall of more than 190,000 pounds of frozen food products.  These products may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli and were distributed across the United States.  At least 24 people in 15 states have become ill from a strain E. coli that was also found in an open package of one of the food products.


"I urge consumers to check their freezer to make sure they do not have these products in their home," said DeLauro.  "And this situation highlights the need to maintain our investments in our nation's public health infrastructure.  This outbreak was identified because of the strong leadership of state and federal public health officials and a robust PulseNet.  Without adequate resources we are asking those same officials to protect us with one hand tied behind their back.  We should not let the deeply harmful, across the board cuts known as sequestration result in less funding for their work."  


Additional information on the recall may be found at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_025_2013_Release/index.asp Information on the outbreak may be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2013/O121-03-13/index.html. Individuals are encouraged to confirm that no recalled products are in their household freezer.


Advice for consumers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2013/O121-03-13/advice-consumers.html.


DeLauro is a senior member, and former Chair, of the subcommittee responsible for funding the US Department of Agriculture.