Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

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

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

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Any romaine lettuce being sold now is nearly certainly not from the Yuma, Arizona region and so unlikely to carry the E. coli bacteria that's been making people sick, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

It's unlikely that anyone now has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March.

Romaine lettuce of all varieties from the Yuma, Arizona, region has been blamed as the source of this outbreak. The CDC said Wednesday that April 16 was the last day romaine lettuce was harvested in the Yuma area.

The CDC has stopped advising consumers to throw away romaine lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from.


The outbreak has made 172 people sick in 32 states, and one person has died, the CDC said.

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.

The Center for Disease Control said 23 more cases have been reported in 13 states.

The person became ill about three weeks ago and has recovered, said Phil Rooney, a spokesman for the Douglas County Health Department. Of the 157 people who were ill that the CDC has information on, 75 have been hospitalized and 20 have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), the form of kidney failure that can be fatal.

The CDC estimates that foodborne illnesses affect 47.8 million people in the US every year, putting 127,000 into the hospital and killing more than 3,000.

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