Pulling back from last week’s “don’t even look at it” warning that dampened Thanksgiving for Caesar salad enthusiasts, the Food And Drug Administration and The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention now say they’ve isolated the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak to a certain region. The FDA states:
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA continued to investigate the outbreak. Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to “end of season” romaine lettuce harvested from these areas.
Yeah, while you were yucking it up with your family, the FDA was hard at work trying to save you from contaminated lettuce. You’re welcome. As a result, the health organizations now decree that romaine recently harvested in Arizona, Florida, Mexico, and California’s Imperial Valley is safe for consumption, reports Time.
The FDA also says that romaine lettuce will have a new labeling system, identifying harvest location and date. But if you’re looking at romaine lettuce without that labeling and can not be certain that it’s from the above safe regions, for now, stay on the safe side and do not eat it.