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Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Likely No Longer on Store Shelves

Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Likely No Longer on Store Shelves

That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear", it's pretty close.

In good news for salad lovers everywhere, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now advising that it is safe to crunch into romaine lettuce once again. All of the lettuce was harvested from March 5-16 and is now past its 21-day shelf life. Iowa, Nebraska, and OR have now joined the list of states reporting E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce. The CDC website for the outbreak recommended that consumers not "eat or buy romaine lettuce unless [they] can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region". As of May 15, the CDC was reporting three people were ill from the outbreak in Colorado.




Most of the illnesses in the outbreak are not linked to the romaine lettuce grown at that farm. 48 percent of those people with available information have been hospitalized, including 20 who developed kidney failure, according to the latest report from the CDC.

The person became ill about three weeks ago and has recovered, said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department. One farm in Yuma has been identified as the source of the lettuce that sickened eight prisoners in Alaska, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed Wednesday evening a bit of how complicated the case. The agency is still investigating dozens of other farms to find the source of that E. Coli outbreak.


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