Borough of State College News Release

For Immediate Release


FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

State College, PA The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.



Do Not Dispose of Romaine Lettuce in Organics Containers

The State College Borough Public Works Department wants to inform residents and businesses that romaine lettuce should NOT be disposed of in the organics containers.

Staff was recently informed that it takes temperatures of 160 degrees Fahrenheit over 10 days to kill the particular strain of E. coli. (O157:H7) in the current romaine lettuce contamination. While the composting process occasionally reaches, and sometimes exceeds, temperatures of 155 degrees Fahrenheit in the Borough’s open windrow composting method, there is no guarantee the processing will hit 160 degrees Fahrenheit for a full 10 days, especially in the winter.

For more information about organics collection contact the Public Works Department directly at (814)-234-7140.


For more information, please contact Douglas Shontz by phone at 814-278-4723 or by e-mail at

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