It is not safe to buy and consume romaine lettuce again. Any romaine lettuce which is being sold now is not coming from the ones grown in Yuma, Arizona and is it’s therefore unlikely for it to have the E. coli bacteria, which has made several people sick, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The outbreak has resulted in about 172 people falling sick in 32 states, with a person’s death, said the CDC. 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.
All the cases of the outbreak were linked to the romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona region.
The CDC said that the last slot of romaine lettuce from the Yuma region distributed in other states was harvested in April and now, the harvesting season has come to an end. Therefore, it is unlikely that the romaine lettuce from the affected Yuma region is still being used in restaurants or stores as it has a shelf life of 21 days.
As a result of the E. coli infection, the CDC said that about 20 people had developed a type of kidney failure disease which is known as a Haemolytic uremic syndrome and around 75 people have been hospitalized.
This is the worst E. coli outbreak to have taken place since the year 2006 when over 270 people fell sick and three people died as they consumed the E. coli contaminated spinach.
It is estimated that 47.8 million people in the United States get affected with food-borne illnesses every year, which leads to about 127,000 people getting hospitalised and death of over 3,000 people.
Hence, it is still best for people to take care of their health and refrain from eating food items which they suspect have been contaminated.