Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

CDC says it is now safe to buy and consume romaine lettuce

CDC says it is now safe to buy and consume romaine lettuce

The health officials reported that nearly more two dozen cases of food poisoning outbreak were linked to the romaine lettuce that was harvested in Arizona. The romaine lettuce was grown in Yuma, Arizona and was harvested last on April 16 which means that it should be removed from the stores and restaurants it has crossed its shelf life to three weeks, as stated by the agency.

Because of a lag in the reporting of illnesses to the CDC, the most recent E. coli cases started when romaine from the Yuma region was likely still in stores, restaurants, and homes.

It's finally safe to eat romaine lettuce again.

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Brendan Flaherty, an attorney who is representing patients in this outbreak, said, "The last reported illness started on May 2, 2018, which is within the 21-day shelf life of the last batch of romaine harvested in the Yuma area". Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal.

It is estimated that 47.8 million people in the United States get affected with food-borne illnesses every year, which leads to about 127,000 people getting hospitalised and death of over 3,000 people.

The E. coli outbreak on romaine lettuce has hit Utah.

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Stan Park, the operations director of Brandeis Sodexo, verified in an email to the Justice that the food service provider received written confirmation from Russo's, their produce supplier, that Brandeis' romaine comes from Salinas Valley, California instead of Yuma, Arizona.

The strain of E. coli present in the contaminated lettuce can cause vomiting, diarrhea and other symptoms.

That brings the total number of cases to 172, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And one person, in California, has died. After all the investigation and supervision only, it would be permissible to continue eating romaine lettuce, till then it is not permitted to consume in the U.S.

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