The Centers for Disease Control is reporting the romaine lettuce linked to a current E. coli outbreak should no longer be available for purchase.
Health officials say almost two dozen more cases of a food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona have been reported. Now, the CDC is warning consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it's not from the Yuma, Arizona area.
The 172 reported illnesses, which resulted in one death and 75 hosptializations, have been traced to lettuce harvested in April in the winter lettuce region around Yuma, Ariz., according to the CDC. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life. The leafy greens industry has shifted to California over the past two months. The strain linked to chopped romaine lettuce is a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting, the CDC said.
"It takes two to three weeks between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC".
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The person who was sick consumed lettuce at several locations.
In scale, this outbreak is approaching that of the 2006 baby spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed five.
The FDA said it will focus on identifying the factors that led to lettuce being contaminated across multiple supply chains.
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