CDC: E.coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce Over

13:47PM Jan 11, 2019
Romaine lettuce was featured in the "On the Horizon" section of the United Fresh Produce Association's Insights for Foodservice spring edition.

The Centers for Disease Control is now saying the e.coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over.  The outbreak is linked to lettuce from coastal counties in California.  The Food and Drug Administration investigation into the source of the outbreak continues.

The FDA says it found one source, but says the scope of the outbreak makes a single source unlikely.  In all, 62 cases of illness were reported.  California growers say while the e.coli outbreak is over, there's still work to do with restoring consumer confidence.  Ron Ratto is a grower in Modesto, California.  "We have to restore consumer confidence in romaine production," Ratto says.  "We can do that by communicating our food safety practices and by enhancing our food safety practices and hoping that will restore consumer confidence".  Ratto says he had to dump over a thousand crates of his romaine lettuce in the cooler after the outbreak, even though it wasn't contaminated.

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