Romaine lettuce finally in the clear — CDC

May 17, 2018, 04:58
Romaine lettuce finally in the clear — CDC

As of May 15, 172 people in 32 states had been sickened in the outbreak, an increase of 23 people and three states since the last update a week earlier.

The CDC added that the last date of harvest for the romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was April 16th.

It's unlikely that anyone now has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March.

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Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma area still is available in people's homes, stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life. The leafy greens industry has shifted to California over the past two months.

Since product labels often come without the identification of the growing region, we suggest you pass on romaine lettuce if you are uncertain about where it was grown.

"CDC is updating its advice to consumers".

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The person could have consumed the romaine lettuce at home, at a local restaurant or somewhere outside the area, Rooney said. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female.

The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe outcome of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

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