Romaine Lettuce: Is it Safe Again?

The world’s attention was focused on the lettuce industry over the past few weeks as a recall was put into place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about a recent outbreak in E. coli linked to romaine lettuce. At first, all romaine lettuce was recalled, but the CDC was able to trace the outbreak to a specific farm in California. This farm is now recalling more of their produce as they fear E. coli spread to more of their products.

Fifty-Nine people were infected with E. coli. At the height of the hysteria, around Thanksgiving, the CDC and the FDA told people to avoid consuming romaine lettuce at all costs.

Now, the CDC and FDA are saying that romaine lettuce is safe to consume as long as it was not grown in central California. In supermarkets, romaine lettuce is being packaged the information on it that details when and where the produce was grown.