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.
Romaine lettuce has a shelf life of about 21 days. "Once it was confirmed that the romaine we serve did not come from Yuma, Arizona, we deemed it to be safe for consumption". But the last shipment of romaine from Yuma left on April 16 and the growing season there is over.More news: Vladimir Putin says, Russian warships permanently on duty in Mediterranean
Any romaine lettuce being sold now is nearly certainly not from the Yuma, Arizona region and so unlikely to carry the E. coli bacteria that's been making people sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Since romaine lettuce has a shelf life of several weeks, it is possible some contaminated lettuce may still be in stores, restaurants, or home refrigerators.
The health department is advising people that if they don't know where their romaine lettuce originated, they shouldn't eat it.More news: Two UA sports teams post ideal April scores
The outbreak has made 172 people sick in 32 states, and one person has died, the CDC said. Of those who became ill, 75 have been hospitalized, including 20 with kidney failure. One death has been reported. One farm in Yuma has been identified as the source of the lettuce that sickened eight prisoners in Alaska, but FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb revealed Wednesday evening a bit of how complicated the case.
The agency continues with its investigation to find the source of the contamination.More news: Moon sighted, first Ramzan on Thursday