Healthy romaine lettuce is back on shelves after E. coli outbreak

Healthy romaine lettuce is back on shelves after E. coli outbreak

Romaine lettuce is probably safe to buy from stores and restaurants without risking E. coli from the outbreak. The CDC added, "the latest reported illness started on May 2". It is believed that more such cases may come forth but the romaine lettuce does not have a long shelf life and is not being harvested anymore from the affected area. According to the CDC, 20 victims had developed the dreaded hemolytic uremic syndrome, a severe outcome of E. coli infections that targets the kidneys. Till date one death has been reported and 75 hospitalizations have been noted.

This present outbreak was due to contaminated romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma, Ariz., growing region.

Federal health officials have not been able to narrow the source of the E. coli contamination beyond stating that it is from romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

Marler, representing five clients hospitalized with E. coli, one of which developed HUS, has filed suits in New Jersey, California, Georgia, Arizona and Pennsylvania against the restaurants who served his clients (Panera Bread, Red Lobster and Papa Murphy's). Since the outbreak started in March there were 172 illnesses in 32 states.

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The strain of E. coli involved produces the Shiga-toxin, a powerful chemical listed as a potential bioterrorism agent by the Department of Homeland Security, and ingesting it led to kidney failure for more than a dozen Americans.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified six persons in that country who are part of this outbreak.

The number of people that have been infected by the E. coli romaine lettuce consumption can still increase because of the cases after April 2017. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb tweeted that "romaine now available for purchase is not part of this outbreak investigation".

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