Is It Safe To Eat Romaine Lettuce?

salad with romaine lettuceWith the romaine lettuce alert, people are wondering, is it safe to eat romaine lettuce again?

Thankfully, the answer is, yes.

But you just need to make sure it comes from a safe region.

Regions Affected

The CDC recently released an update on the E. coli 0157:H7 illness outbreak found in romaine lettuce found in many states across the U.S. and Canada.

According to the report, the location of the affected lettuce’s origin has been narrowed down to the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California.

This specifically includes:

  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Ventura

Is it Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce From Other Regions?

Lettuce grown and harvested elsewhere hasn’t been linked to the outbreak and isn’t a cause of concern.

You can also eat greenhouse and hydroponically grown romaine lettuce without worry, says the CDC.

To help consumers tell the problematic lettuce apart from the bunch, the FDA is implementing labeling precautions. It may take some time until you start seeing these labels, but they’re on the way.

If you don’t know where the romaine came from, don’t use it. Also, if you find lettuce without a label detailing which region in it was harvested in, don’t buy it, sell it, eat it, or serve it.

Statistics Update

Since the previous update another 11 people have been added to the investigation. As of this update, 43 individuals in 12 states reported E. coli illness stemming from the lettuce. 16 of them were hospitalized, and one is ill with a hymolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) kidney failure.

So go ahead check your romaine lettuce, make sure it’s safe and enjoy it.

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