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Federal Officials Say Santa Barbara County Farm Is One Source Of E. coli Outbreak In Lettuce

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Federal health officials say a Santa Barbara County farm is one of the sources of an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Centers for Disease Control officials say they’ve linked Adam Brothers Farming in Northern Santa Barbara County to the problem.  They say genetic fingerprinting tied the E. coli to sediment from an agricultural water reservoir.

Officials say the farm is cooperating, and hasn’t shipped lettuce since November 20th.  Santa Barbara County Supervisor Peter Adam owns the farm with three of his brothers.

FDA officials say with the outbreak touching 15 states, more farms in other areas are probably connected to it, and the investigation is continuing.  About 60 people in 15 states have become sick from the gastrointestinal illness.  No one has died.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.