Oregon Public Health officials have identified fresh strawberries from a Newberg farm as the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections - including some shown at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market.
The strawberries were grown last month by Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Newberg. Jaquith finished its strawberry season in late July, and its strawberries are no longer on the market. Jaquith sold its strawberries to buyers who then resold them at roadside stands and farmer's markets.
Wednesday, the Oregon Department of Agriculture posted a non-inclusive list of locations known to have distributed Jaquith Farm strawberries. Crawford Nursery and Produce, which sells strawberries at the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market, had purchased strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm.
According to a press release from the city of Lake Oswego, 'the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market is for farm fresh, locally grown products and is not an outlet for resale of wholesale produce - all products must be grown, produced or collected by the vendor in Oregon or Washington. Vendors are allowed to supplement 25 percent of their own products with other locally grown products. The vendor must grow at least 75 percent by value of the overall product for sale at the market per year. Vendors are required to display a sign identifying the name and location of the farm or business that has supplied the vendor with supplemental product, if any. Vendors are also responsible for meeting health requirements and obtaining any permits and licenses applicable to their products.'
The city of Lake Oswego is urging consumers who may have purchased strawberries grown on the Jaquith Strawberry Farm or from a road-side fruit stand or farmer's market in the area before Aug. 1, to throw them out. Strawberries that have been frozen or made into uncooked jam are of particular concern. Cooking kills E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.
None of the following have been implicated in this outbreak:
* Berries other than strawberries.
* Strawberries sold since Aug. 1.
* Strawberries sold south of Benton County or east of Multnomah County.
* Strawberries sold in supermarkets.
* Strawberries picked at Jaquith Strawberry Farm's U-pick field.
More information about this outbreak can be found at www.oregon.gov/OHA/news/2011/2011-0808.pdf.
A partial list of locations known to have distributed Jaquith Farm strawberries can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/strawberries.shtml. More information about E. coli is available at: www.cdc.gov/ecoli/.