Romaine lettuce finally in the clear — CDC

17 May, 2018, 04:55 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Sodexo reassures Univ. that its romaine lettuce is unaffected by E. coli outbreak

The most recent cases reported by the CDC started May 2, part of the 23 new cases across the nation in the last week, bringing the total to 172. This means that any romaine lettuce from the region that found its way to stores or restaurants is likely now past its 21-day shelf life.

Romaine lettuce of all varieties from the Yuma, Arizona, region has been blamed as the source of this outbreak.

Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said. The state health lab confirmed the link to the Yuma region, Rooney said.

The FDA said it will focus on identifying the factors that led to lettuce being contaminated across multiple supply chains. Since romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, it is possible some contaminated lettuce may still be in stores, restaurants, or home refrigerators.

"CDC is updating its advice to consumers".

Last week, the outbreak was reported in just 29 states. One death has been reported.

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The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe effect of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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 reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

The agency continues with its investigation to find the source of the contamination.

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