Are Americans ready to eat romaine again after e. coli outbreak?
(Headline Health) The CDC has issued an all-clear on romaine lettuce, based on the fact that the growing season in Yuma, Arizona ended several weeks ago and lettuce from the region is no longer in the supply chain (details below from PEOPLE).
However the CDC has still not released any findings on how e. coli ended up in Arizona lettuce. What reason do consumers have to believe that lettuce now being harvested in California is not going to be tainted as well?
E. coli in California lettuce in 2006 was traced to migrant farmworkers defecating in fields. Open defecation is still practiced in parts of rural Mexico, home to many migrant workers who harvest and package U.S. produce.
Considering the lack of information about this year’s outbreak, we won’t be surprised to see an ongoing slump in demand for field-grown lettuce as more consumers choose hydroponically grown lettuce that has not be exposed to soil-borne bacteria.
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Romaine Lettuce Is Finally Safe to Eat Again
(PEOPLE) After nearly two months of concerns around romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak originating from Yuma, Arizona, the CDC finally says that it’s safe to eat the leafy green again.
Although 23 more people have been reported ill from 13 states since the last official count on May 9, the FDA announced that the harvest season has ended in Yuma, and the last shipments of the lettuce grown in that region were harvested on April 16.
“It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life,” the CDC wrote in a statement on their website. Read the full story at PEOPLE.