ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Investigators believe they now know what food was the culprit in this fall’s e-coli outbreak in Missouri, Illinois and eight other states.

The Centers for Disease Control says the tainted food was romaine lettuce and the contamination occurred before it reached retail stores.

As for the stores involved in the St. Louis area, the report identifies them only as “chain A” which is believed to be Schnucks.

Investigators determined that most of those became ill ate romaine lettuce from the salad bars at nine of the chain’s stores between October 5th and 24th.  Schnucks voluntarily removed suspected food items from the salad bar on October 26th.

The e-coli sickened 37 people in Missouri and 9 in Illinois.

The CDC says the outbreak appears to be over and consumers are not being advised to avoid eating any specific foods at this time.

Copyright KMOX Radio


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