Just in time for Christmas, the dreaded alarm bells of American family homes have been ringing being told their romaine lettuce might be contaminated with a toxic strain of E. coli bacteria, that it’s potentially deadly, and that they should throw it away immediately and sanitize the fresh-produce drawer of their refrigerator.
Not unheard of in the rest of the world but the apparent reasoning of the outbreak is unknown. The lettuce-growing states of Arizona and California, and the leafy greens industry have failed to figure out why romaine keeps getting contaminated or how they can stop it has been under the spotlight for some time.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated last year, two days before thanksgiving, declaring that no romaine lettuce in the United States could be assumed safe to eat and all of it should be discarded.
This year the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that 40 people in 16 states had been sickened, most of them hospitalized after consuming romaine grown in or near Salinas, Calif., and contaminated with a Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli strain called O157:H7 that can lead to kidney failure and is potentially lethal.
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