• Arizona
  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018
3 minutes reading time (554 words)

Is it now safe to eat romaine lettuce? Not yet, FDA says

Is it now safe to eat romaine lettuce? Not yet, FDA says

The FDA said that the ongoing outbreak is linked to the "end of season" harvest in some parts of California -- but the agency still says people should not eat any romaine lettuce.

People have become sick in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

An additional 22 people in Canada are also ill, so the FDA is coordinating its investigation with the Canadian health and food safety authorities, the agency said.

When the outbreak was announced last week, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers to stay away from all romaine lettuce, but the FDA said the investigation was focused on California and Mexico.

"Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA continued to investigate the outbreak," according to a statement from FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. "Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to 'end of season' romaine lettuce harvested from these areas. The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California."

Lettuce growing and harvesting in the winter months is taking place in California and Arizona's desert regions and Florida, as well as Mexico. Currently, the FDA investigation does not implicate lettuce from any of these areas.

While the romaine supply undergoes a "clean break" to ensure all the contaminated lettuce is effectively gone from the market, the FDA has asked producers and distributors to provide clear labeling with the lettuce's date and origin in the future.

A task force within the lettuce industry has also been established to determine better solutions for labeling long-term in order to help with tracing.

"Based on discussions with major producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date," Gottlieb said. "Romaine lettuce entering the market can also be labeled as being hydroponically or greenhouse grown. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it.

"If consumers, retailers and food service facilities are unable to identify that romaine lettuce products are not affected -- which means determining that the products were grown outside the California regions that appear to be implicated in the current outbreak investigation -- we urge that these products not be purchased, or if purchased, be discarded or returned to the place of purchase."

Symptoms of E. coli infection, which usually begin about three or four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Most people infected by the bacteria get better within five to seven days, though this particular strain of E. coli tends to cause more severe illness.

People of all ages are at risk of becoming infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, according to the FDA. Children under 5, adults older than 65 and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with chronic diseases, are more likely to develop severe illness, but even healthy children and adults can become seriously ill.

Font size: +
New Dance Studio to Open in San Tan Valley
Cooler temps and rain heading to San Tan Valley

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Wednesday, 27 January 2021
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://santanvalley.com/

Stay Connected

Taseko Florence Copper

Taseko Florence Copper

Florence, Pinal County
San Tan Leads

San Tan Leads

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Pan de Vida Foundation

Pan de Vida Foundation

Queen Creek, Maricopa County
MyBizNow LLC

MyBizNow LLC

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Florence Unified School District

Florence Unified School District

Florence, Pinal County
No More Stink

No More Stink

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Champion Charter School

Champion Charter School

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
LA Fitness

LA Fitness

San Tan Valley, Pinal County

Daily News

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar

What's Trending

Jan 22, 2020 Product Recalls Hits:3252

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving cer…

Toyota is conducting a safety recall involving certain 2018-2019 Model Year Lexus LS 500, LC 500, RC 350, RC 300, GS 350, IS 300, ES 350, LX...

Upcoming Events

28 Jan
Fun Van at Building Blocks STV
01.28.2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fun Van is a parenting education program...

Read more

30 Jan
Save A Life at Happy Valley East
01.30.2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Save lives thru blood donation. Also available is the...

Read more

31 Jan
Bingo!
01.31.2021 12:00 pm

It's time for Bingo at the San Tan Valley...

Read more

2 Feb
San Tan Leads Meeting
02.02.2021 7:30 am - 9:00 am

San Tan Leads is a one person per industry...

Read more

4 Feb
Fun Van at Building Blocks STV
02.04.2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fun Van is a parenting education program...

Read more

Partners

Advertise your business to hundreds of thousands of potential customers, while supporting your local news resource at the same time. Our Partners help us provide you with services and information to help keep you informed.

Become A Partner

Follow Us

0
Our San Tan Valley Community Keeps Growing!

San Tan Valley News

About SanTanValley.com

About SanTanValley.com

Search