Coli-Tainted Romaine Lettuce Likely No Longer on Store Shelves

Sodexo reassures Univ. that its romaine lettuce is unaffected by E. coli outbreak

Sodexo reassures Univ. that its romaine lettuce is unaffected by E. coli outbreak

Twenty-three more people fell ill since the last update on May 9, bringing the total to 172 people from 32 states, the CDC said on Wednesday. "According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over", the CDC said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said. So, if you were exposed to the contaminated lettuce, you likely would have gotten sick by now.

Health officials say there is a lag time of two to three weeks between when someone falls ill and when it's reported to the CDC.

The person could have consumed the romaine lettuce at home, at a local restaurant or somewhere outside the area, Rooney said.

"CDC is updating its advice to consumers".

In scale, this outbreak is approaching that of the 2006 baby spinach E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 200 people and killed five.

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