Pizza Ranch says no lab confirmation of E. coli in dough linked to outbreak
State and federal officials believe that dough used by Pizza Ranch restaurants for desserts was the likely cause in a nine-state E. coli outbreak that started in December and continued through early February this year.
Thirteen people have been confirmed as outbreak victims, with eight of them requiring hospitalization, said David Steigman, a spokesman for the Food and Drug Administration.
“Pizza Ranch discontinued the use of the dough and dough mixes on Feb. 4,” Steigman said today. “All of the dough was discarded by Feb. 6.”
Steigman said the outbreak investigation in still ongoing with various state agencies and…