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St. Louis E. coli probe focuses on grocery salads
St. Louis E. coli investigation focuses on grocery salad bars; as many as 33 people affected
By The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) ' Health investigators in the St. Louis area are looking into a possible link between a major grocery chain and an E. coli outbreak now suspected of sickening as many as 33 people.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday that 26 people have tested positive for E. coli. Results of tests on seven other people are pending.

State health department spokeswoman Jacqueline Lapine says several of those who became ill had obtained food from salad bars at Schnucks stores. Inspectors have tested food samples taken from lettuce, strawberries and Caesar dressing from those salad bars. All the tests so far were negative.

Schnucks spokeswoman Lori Willis says the chain is cooperating fully with investigators and has removed items that were potential causes.

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