It’s been all over the news, so this may be simply a refresher for you. If not, you’ll be glad you read this.
Romaine lettuce is again something you want to avoid eating this month. It’s recently been linked to an E. coli outbreak in at least 19 states throughout the U.S., which was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 22nd.
As of the end of November, 67 people had fallen sick according to the (CDC).
The romaine lettuce causing the problem was harvested in Salinas, California, and authorities are advising that you throw out any lettuce from Salinas and contact your seller for a refund, if possible.
While no one has died from the outbreak, a minimum of 39 people have been hospitalized in connection with it, to date. The illness is reportedly causing kidney failure in some patients, namely hemolytic uremic syndrome. An E. coli infection can also cause diarrhea, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting.
The states affected by the outbreak are numerous. They include Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Montana, Nebraska, Oregon, New Jersey, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and Maryland were also affected. Some states have more cases than others, but all have someone who fell ill due to romaine consumption.
What do the experts think? Bill Marler, a Seattle-based food safety attorney interviewed by USA Today had this to say:
“With more illnesses, now with at least six with acute kidney failure, it is past time for the leafy green industry to put the health, safety and lives of consumers first. Since the early 2000’s the industry has pushed prepackaged leafy greens on consumers without adequately addressing the root causes of many of these outbreaks – environmental contamination from cattle.”
Try these other salads for some amazing flavor on your table skipping, of course, the grilled Caesar made with romaine. Happy Thanksgiving!