Wed
Nov 21 2018
05:55 am

From the Washington Post, "Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a food safety alert in response to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli bacteria."

"The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix."

As part of the food safety alert, the CDC also says to "wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator." They are very serious about this alert. The five steps, summarized, are, "Throw out recalled food, Empty your Refrigerator, Wash Removable Parts, Clean and Sanitize Inside the Refrigerator, Return Shelves, Drawers, and Food."

I've been hesitant to purchase Romaine lettuce and fresh spinach over the past couple of years, unless grown locally. There have been way too many recalls for each. They need to get this under control.

Treehouse's picture

Unless...

It is local and organic. Then enjoy!

Factchecker's picture

We lived in some seriously

We lived in some seriously messed up times.

bizgrrl's picture

Yes we do. Why does it

Yes we do.

Why does it happen to Romaine and not iceberg lettuce? Something about loose leaves maybe?

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