An E. coli outbreak has been linked to Earth Grown brand frozen falafel sold exclusively at ALDI stores in 37 states. The falafel E. coli outbreak has sickened at least 20 people in five states. Five people have been hospitalized. The company that makes the product has issued a recall.
Falafel E. coli Outbreak
Health officials have conducted genetic tests on the E. coli cultured from each patient. Results show that all 20 people were sickened by the same strain, meaning all of them were exposed to the same source of contamination.
Fifteen of the 18 people interviewed by health officials said they were ALDI shoppers. Six of them specifically remembered eating Earth Grown brand falafel before they developed E. coli symptoms including abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
Ranging in age from 1 to 71 years old, the outbreak patients first developed symptoms on dates ranging from July 13, 2022, to September 13, 2022. Illnesses have been reported from six states: Florida (2), Iowa (1), Kansas (1), Michigan (11), Ohio (1), and Wisconsin (4).
Earth Grown Falafel E. coli Recall
On October 7, 2022, Cuisine Innovations of Lakewood, NJ issued a recall for two varieties of Earth Grown falafel. The falafel E. coli recall includes Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel sold only at ALDI stores.
The ALDI stores that sold the recalled falafel are located in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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