Public health warning about washing salad leaves
Release date: 18 July 2016
Public Health England (PHE) is warning people to make sure that they wash all salad leaves thoroughly before eating, as there are concerns that this food could be the source of an outbreak of E.coli.
Although the source of the outbreak is not confirmed, PHE has identified that several of those affected had eaten pre-packed salad including rocket leaves, prior to becoming unwell.
The latest update from PHE is that 151 cases of E.coli have been identified and two of the individuals affected have died.
Further information can be found on the PHE website.
Advice on how to avoid E.coli infection
Wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, before and after handling food, and after handling animals
Remove any loose soil before storing vegetables and salads
Wash all vegetables and fruits that will be eaten raw
Store and prepare raw meat and unwashed vegetables away from ready-to-eat foods
Do not prepare raw vegetables with utensils that have also been used for raw meat
Cook all minced meat products, such as burgers and meatballs, thoroughly
People who have been ill should not prepare food for others for at least 48 hours after they have recovered