Romaine lettuce finally in the clear — CDC

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

The Douglas County Health Department has confirmed one case of E. coli O157:H7 related to the outbreak in romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region.

Though the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak sickened more people in more states over the last week, the true news in Wednesday's CDC update concerns the lettuce. But because it takes 2 to 3 weeks from when a person gets sick with E. coli and when the case is reported to the CDC, the number of cases may still increase, reflecting cases that occurred when the tainted romaine was still available. That means the contaminated lettuce is past its shelf life and is most likely no longer being sold in stores or restaurants.

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

Since product labels often come without the identification of the growing region, we suggest you pass on romaine lettuce if you are uncertain about where it was grown.

The CDC has stopped advising consumers to throw away romaine lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from. One death has been reported. Of 157 people with information available, 75 have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female.

The Food and Drug Administration has been trying to discover exactly where and when the romaine involved in this latest outbreak was contaminated.

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