E. coli Outbreak Linked to Frozen Falafel
Posted October 7, 2022
- Illnesses: 20
- Hospitalizations: 5
- Deaths: 0
- States: 6
- Recall: Yes
- Investigation status: Active
Earth Grown vegan traditional falafel
Earth Grown vegan garlic and herb falafel
Earth Grown vegan traditional falafel and garlic & herb falafel
- Sold in ALDI stores.
- Boxes have any of the following lot numbers: 1472, 1481, 1531, 1532, 1541, 1552, 1561, 1581, 1601, 1611, 1612, 1661, 1682, 1732, 1752, 1762, 1782, 1802, or 1812.
- See recall notice for additional information.
Do not eat recalled frozen falafel. Throw it away or return it to the store for a refund.
- Check your freezer for recalled product.
- Wash items and surfaces that may have touched recalled product using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not peeing much
- Dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
- Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli experience severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.
- Symptoms usually start 3 to 4 days after swallowing the bacteria.
- Most people recover without treatment after 5 to 7 days.
- Some people may develop serious kidney problems (hemolytic uremic syndrome, also called HUS) and need to be hospitalized.
- For more information about E. coli, see the E. coli Questions and Answers page.