It's safe to eat romaine lettuce, CDC says

It's safe to eat romaine lettuce, CDC says

It's safe to eat romaine lettuce, CDC says

Romaine lettuce tied to a recent outbreak of E. coli is likely no longer on store shelves or in restaurants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today (May 16). That means the contaminated lettuce is now past its 21-day shelf life.

Unless you know where the lettuce came from, consumers anywhere in the US who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away.

In good news for salad lovers everywhere, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now advising that it is safe to crunch into romaine lettuce once again. Now, the CDC is warning consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it's not from the Yuma, Arizona area.

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Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said.

In total, 172 people got sick in 32 states. In the latest official update, the CDC noted that new cases of E. coli-related food poisoning came from the period when contaminated lettuce might still be in circulation or in home refrigerators. One death has been reported. Last week, the outbreak was reported in just 29 states.

The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe effect of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome. 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.

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The agency continues with its investigation to find the source of the contamination.

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