It's OK to eat some romaine again, say USA health officials

It's OK to eat some romaine again, say USA health officials

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning consumers about eating romaine lettuce because of an E.coli outbreak, you may wonder how this recall affects you and when you can start eating lettuce again.

Robert Whitaker, chief science officer of the Produce Marketing Association, said labelling for romaine could help limit the scope of future alerts and rebuild public trust after other outbreaks.

The FDA said it's also assembling a task force that will examine in the next 90 days which other greens need similar labeling, such as spinach and other types of lettuce, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"The FDA believes it was critically important to have a clean break in the romaine supply available to consumers in the U.S.in order to purge the market of potentially contaminated romaine lettuce related to the current outbreak", Gottlieb said. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California's Central Coast region.

Lettuce growing and harvesting in the winter months is taking place in California and Arizona's desert regions and Florida, as well as Mexico.

The FDA has urged growers, processors and sellers to label all individually packaged romaine products to identify the region and harvest date. U.S. officials are also coordinating with the Public Health Agency in Canada, which is also investigating a similar outbreak.

"If it does not have this information", the agency said in a statement posted on its website, "you should not eat or use it".

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The updated information follows an unusually broad warning that federal health officials issued two days before Thanksgiving, telling consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased.

The investigation continues into where the recent romaine lettuce containing a strain of E. coli bacteria originated. Residents in impacted provinces are also advised to discard any romaine lettuce in their home, and to properly wash and sanitize any containers or bins that have come in contact with romaine lettuce.

As of Monday, the FDA said 43 people became ill in 12 states due to the outbreak, and another 22 people were sickened in Canada.

However, according to CDC, 32 illnesses have been reported from 11 states, including 13 people who have been hospitalized. "The CDC has called out romaine - they didn't call out any other kind of lettuce or leafy green", Detwiler says.

The E. coli outbreak announced just before Thanksgiving follows one in the spring that sickened more than 200 people and killed five, and another previous year that sickened 25 and killed one.

McEntire said the industry is considering multiple theories, including whether there is something about romaine that makes it more susceptible to contamination.

And, if you're not sure if the leafy green you're served is actually romaine, ask. The AP is exclusively responsible for all content.

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