PHOENIX - An Arizona state representative is alleging that the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) claims on the recent E. coli outbreak in Yuma being linked to a feedlot are not based on facts.
In a report, the FDA suggested that the canal is close to the cattle feedlot where the lettuce was grown in Yuma. Although they did not state a specific source, the investigation is still ongoing.
Representative David Cook (R-8) sent a letter to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday regarding a pending report where the FDA claims the outbreak being linked to a feedlot.
In the letter, Cook states that the outbreak is in fact not linked to the feedlot. Cook also said the claims are unsubstantiated and have far-reaching effects against the industry and are dangerous insinuations not based on facts.
"I am requesting a stop to this report that has been based on a hypothesis. For the full weight of consequences that this entails, we must rely on scientific data and definitive connections," Cook said.
The FDA plans on releasing a final report with additional samples and examining a possible connection with the feedlot, the water near it, and other factors that could explain the contamination and how it relates to the outbreak.