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VTEC crushing diarrhea: recall campaign for iceberg lettuce at Edeka and market purchase due to dangerous germs


Recall of iceberg lettuce due to bacteria

At Edeka and Marktkauf, iceberg lettuce is currently being withdrawn from the market. As it is officially said, the salad would be recalled due to the preventive consumer protection of Gemüserings Stuttgart GmbH (Stuttgart / BW). In an investigation, VTEC bacteria were found on a salad called “GOOD & CHEAP”. However, the supermarket chains pointed out that the iceberg lettuce from the special producer was only available in Baden-Württemberg from Edeka and Marktkauf. Caution is advised as the bacterium can lead to serious illnesses. Therefore, consumers should take the recall seriously.

Iceberg lettuce should not be consumed

The supermarket chain reports that they “reacted immediately and took the goods out of sale immediately”. Customers who have already purchased the salad can bring it back to their shops without a presentation of the sales receipt, upon presentation of the purchase price. Consumption is strongly discouraged for health reasons. The customer service of Gemüsering Stuttgart GmbH answers consumer questions at the email qm (at) gemuesering.de. Other products from the manufacturer are not affected, as is assured in a statement.

Infection can lead to diarrhea and vomiting

The bacteria found can be particularly dangerous for immunocompromised people, pregnant women, children and the elderly. A Vero toxin-producing E. coli (VTEC) infection is often symptom-free. In other cases, gastroenteritis (popularly called "gastrointestinal flu") occurs after an incubation period of typically three to four days. This is associated with diarrhea, nausea and vomiting as well as physical weakness.

Difficult courses possible

In severe cases, enterohaemorrhagic colitis (inflammation of the intestine) can also develop. In 10 to 20% of the affected patients, hemorrhagic colitis with bloody stool and sometimes fever develops.

5 to 10% of those infected may experience a dangerous hemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS). Such a complication affects especially small children. Acute kidney failure (no urine formation), anemia, reduced platelet count, bleeding from the skin and neurological changes can occur in the course of the disease.

Therefore, consumption is strongly discouraged, even if the bacterium was only found in one sample. Further questions are answered by the manufacturer and the supermarkets Edeka and Marktkauf concerned. (sb)

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