FDA Says Some Romaine Lettuce is Now Safe to Eat Again (Tainted Crop Came from California)
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Been missing lettuce?
The FDA is updating its advice to consumers and saying that the tainted romaine lettuce that led to a massive E. coli outbreak appears to have come from the Central Coast region of California. They also stated that there’s no current recommendation to avoid romaine lettuce that has been harvested from areas outside of this region.
That means romaine lettuce from Yuma (Arizona), the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico do not appear to be related to the current outbreak.
Here’s what the FDA said in a recent update…
There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine lettuce that is certain to have been harvested from areas outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. For example, romaine lettuce harvested from areas that include, but are not limited to the desert growing region near Yuma, the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico, does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Additionally, there is no evidence hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine is related to the current outbreak.
NOTE: To make things easier for producers, distributors, and even consumers while shopping, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. Note that if it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it.