Whatever Happens, Do Not Consume Romaine Lettuce

At least 53 people have been hospitalized after consuming Romaine Lettuce which has been infected with E.coli but thankfully, no deaths have been reported. The Centers for disease control are warning Americans to not consume it for the second time this year as people are sick all around from 16 states said the CDC  on Wednesday. The reason why this lettuce is the riskiest form of all other lettuce is because E-coli is drawn to it.

Scientists and researchers are still quite unsure as to how they are affected more than other lettuces in the field. The way the lettuce is grown might explain why E-coli creeps into it and gets passed through industry inspections which keep the foods safe. The design of Romaine protects the bacteria inside it as the lettuce comes out of the ground in the shape of a vase and its leaves stand up in overlapping folds which spiral down to its core, leaving plenty of areas for the bacteria to hide inside.

Neither the FDA nor the industry has been able to determine exactly where all the outbreaks occurred or how the romaine lettuce became contaminated. “for a variety of reasons, it is difficult to trace back outbreaks directly to farms,” said Jennifer Mc Entire the vice president of food safety and technology for United Fresh Produce Association of Washington D.C.

Frank Yiannas, FDA’s Deputy commissioner for food policy and response had said: “If Romaine lettuce do.es not have any labeling information for its growing area or the source can not be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the Romaine.”  He further said, “Restaurants and retailers should not  serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas.”

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