FDA Statement on E. E. coli O104 outbreak in Europe

Proper storage of fresh produce can affect the quality and safety. Some perishable fruits and vegetables can be better managed to be stored in a refrigerator suitable for a temperature of 40 degrees F or less. All products that are purchased pre-cut or peeled should be refrigerated to maintain quality and safety.Dr. Dong’s research was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. ‘

Food producers, manufacturers and distributors are responsible for the marketing of safe food and to take all necessary measures to ensure that their products are really safe, said Donald Kraemer, deputy director of FDA’s Center Food and Nutrition Security Applied. FDA has informed the field of science products on ways to minimize the risk of E. coli, and these methods will reduce the risk of the strain of E. outbreak of Escherichia and European causing the most common varieties

In response to the epidemic in Europe, as a precaution, the FDA has established some additional import controls. The FDA is conducting more surveillance of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce salad and raw areas of interest.

This epidemic has hit the United States. This product is safe and there is no reason for Americans to change where they shop, what to buy and what to eat. In general, consumers can also help protect themselves by taking some basic measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illnesses.

At that time, the Robert Koch Institute, Disease Control and Prevention Public Health Agency of Germany, has not yet definitively identified the source of an infectious agent that causes the disease, but recommended that consumers in Germany to avoid raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.

When these products are presented for importation, we will try, and we analyze it, said Dara Corrigan, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, which is responsible for the FDA of the U.S. border. The FDA will not allow any contaminated products found to enter the United States, and if contamination is detected, the future relationship deliveries for appropriate action. As more information on the origin of the epidemic is emerging, we will match our protection efforts public health, especially at the border, as a result

The FDA has been in regular contact with the European Union and the U. S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the outbreak of O104 and follow all diseases in the United States, which may be related to the outbreak