FDA says harvest season over for E. coli-linked romaine lettuce

FDA says harvest season over for E. coli-linked romaine lettuce

FDA says harvest season over for E. coli-linked romaine lettuce

The CDC said Wednesday that the total number of people sickened by a strain of E. coli is now 172 across 32 states. But the last shipment of romaine from Yuma left on April 16 and the growing season there is over.

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting the romaine lettuce linked to a current E. coli outbreak should no longer be available for purchase.

The E. coli outbreak on romaine lettuce has hit Utah. This means that any romaine lettuce from the region that found its way to stores or restaurants is likely now past its 21-day shelf life. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you're uncertain about where it was grown. The CDC determined that the outbreak was tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, and has advised consumes to avoid buying romaine lettuce from that region for weeks.

"CDC is updating its advice to consumers". 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.

The CDC said that consumers should speak with their doctor if they have symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.

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

The FDA, he tweeted, "ruled out that the contamination was caused by just one farm suggesting it was a complex problem and will take further time to investigate".

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