The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is advising residents to not eat and dispose of romaine lettuce from the Salinas, CA growing region due to a multistate outbreak of E. coli. Consumers should dispose of all whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad if the packaging says “Salinas” on the label or if it is unlabeled. ADHS is advising retailers not to sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, CA growing region.
Based on new information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is advising residents to not eat romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine due to an outbreak of E. coliO157. Five cases have been identified in Arizona—four from Maricopa and one from Pinal County—linked to this multi-state outbreak.
Officials with the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center received an update from the United States Section of the International Boundary and Waster Commission (USIBWC). At 2 a.m. on August 2, crews in Nogales, Arizona completed installation of a bypass system to divert sewage that had been leaking from the partial breach. The sewage is now being conveyed for treatment at the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant and is no longer flowing into the Nogales Wash.
Representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are on site at this time to assist in the development of a plan to divert the flow of water in the area of the partial breach of the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI).
Site surveys are being conducted along the IOI to assess any change to the current conditions of the wash after last night’s storms.
The Tonto National Forest is advising recreational users of Butcher Jones Beach, that routine water quality samples indicate the presence of E. coli bacteria at levels higher than recommended for swimming by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. “Swim at your own risk” advisory signs have been placed at Butcher Jones, and will remain in place until water quality monitoring shows that E. coli bacteria levels are within recommended limits. E.