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Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce
FDA update as of December 13, 2018:
The FDA has further refined the trace back investigation down to the farm level, which narrows the list of romaine growing areas that FDA recommends consumers and retailers avoid down to the following counties: Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara.
Based on discussions with producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be voluntarily labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date or labeled as being hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it.
San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Ventura counties in California have been removed from the list at this time. Other growing areas, for example Florida, and the desert growing regions near Yuma and Imperial County, Riverside County do not appear to be related to the current outbreak.
Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources.
If you have questions contact: USDADoDFresh@fns.usda.gov
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