E. coli-tainted lettuce was a significant problem recently after 172 people became sick in 32 states, and there has been one death. Therefore, for a while, people were advised to stay away from romaine lettuce.
It appears that lettuce is finally safe once again. CDC tweeted an E. coli update recently: “The last romaine lettuce shipments from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16 and are now past their 21-day shelf life. The romaine lettuce being sold and served today is NOT the romaine linked to illnesses.”
Tainted lettuce no longer on the shelves
The reason why romaine lettuce is no longer in stores is that the latest batch passed its expiration date. The tainted lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona, as the illness originated there. Since Lettuce is kept for only three weeks on the aisle, the risk is officially removed.
Therefore, you can feel free to return to romaine lettuce for your summer food. The FDA also announced us that it is safe to buy lettuce once again: “Consumers can be confident that romaine currently available for purchase is not part of this outbreak investigation.”
However, investigators are still looking for the exact source of disease. They are analyzing patterns, and they examine things such as the harvesting equipment, or water supply. “There are a lot of ways this could have happened. The easy answers don’t explain this. We have to look at something potentially different,” explained Dr. Stephen Ostroff, the FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine.
Salmonella remains a problem
While we can be happy that the E. coli problem was finally solved, there is still one thing that we must worry about. There are eggs from Rose Acre Farms that are tainted with salmonella. Thirty-five people across nine states have been affected so far, and eleven of them have been hospitalization.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca