CDC: Lettuce grown in Rochelle linked to salmonella outbreak

ROCHELLE – A salmonella outbreak that so far has infected eight people in Illinois has been linked to lettuce grown and produced at BrightFarms, llinois Department of Public Health said.

IDPH is working with local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the outbreak, linked to the Rochelle farm’s Sunny Crunch salad.

According to the the CDC, those eight people were from two states, and were infected from June 10 to 15 in Cook, DuPage and McHenry counties. They reported buying Sunny Crunch.

IDPH is working with federal officials to determine where the salad was distributed. People potentially be exposed across the state, officials said.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include headache, muscle aches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, chills, fever, nausea, and dehydration. Those who experience these symptoms 12 to 72 hours after eating Sunny Crunch should report that information to a health care provider.

Anyone who has bought the salad should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Surfaces and containers that may have touched the contaminated products should be washed using hot and soapy water.

Go to https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-07-21/index.html for more information and updates.

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.