Die Federal Agency for Security asks all buyers, immediately discard the romaine lettuce just purchased and advises a general prohibition of all Romans salads – no matter where they come from or when they were grown. The alert includes chopped, prewashed mixes, whole Romaine heads, and various mixes, including romaine lettuce.
The CDC bulletin reports that 32 people in eleven different states became ill after eating contaminated Romaine ̵
At present, the source of this outbreak of E. coli is not yet clear, and the CDC bulletin says federal government agents are investigating – unfortunately, the warning is not limited to one region (earlier outbreak) Yuma region, Arizona. This means that until further notice a national blanket ban is recommended.
Although it is unclear whether the two outbreaks are currently linked together, the CDC indicates that there is a common colony of E. coli. This was noted in six individuals affected by the recent outbreak: this strain also became apparent in January this year attributed to previous illnesses affecting persons in the United States and Canada.
Five people died in the Yuma, Arizona outbreak, involving more than 215 people in more than 35 states between March and June. National investigators announced their general ban was closed in June, but investigators did not detect the cause of the outbreak until August, when an irrigation channel was discovered that was contaminated with fecal matter from nearby cattle.
Regarding the CDC bulletin, all recent outbreaks of E. coli are linked to a single strain known as E. coli O157: H7. This E. coli strain is particularly devastating because it produces a toxin known as shiga, which can lead to the rare form of renal failure known as HUS.
We will be updating this article with more information as it becomes available. For the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, you're planning on digging Roma salad for the time being – there are many ways to enjoy fresh greens without Roma salad, including these 9 easy-to-make recipes that are perfect for any Christmas meal.
This story was originally published on CookingLight.com by Zee Krstic.