Wegmans cauliflower products recalled over E. coli risk

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Wegmans Veggie Rice Blend (Wegmans via FDA)

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. is voluntarily recalling three cauliflower products because of the risk of E. coli O157:H7 contamination: Cauliflower Rice, Veggie Cauliflower Rice Blend, and Stir-Fry Mix with Cauliflower.

This is the product information on the recalled items, which have use-by dates of 12/11/18 through 12/22/18:

These products were sold at close to a hundred Wegmans locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts between Dec. 7 and Dec. 18, 2018.

If you bought any of these cauliflower products from Wegmans in this time frame, you should return them to the service desk for a full refund, the company said. If you have any questions, you can call Wegmans toll free at 855-934-3663.

E. coli bacteria are found in nature, such as in the environment, in food, and in the intestines of people and animals. Most E. coli strains are harmless and indeed part of a healthy gut.

But certain strains, such as O157:H7, produce toxins that cause illnesses. Symptoms may include stomach cramps, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and fever, according to the CDC. Most people get better in a week or less, but some people can experience life-threatening conditions such as hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.