As of November 26 - the CDC has lifted the nationwide ban on romaine lettuce and is now advising U.S. consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce harvested from the California Central Coastal growing regions.
The CDC also recommends that retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of California.
Romaine lettuce harvested from outside the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California have not been linked to this outbreak of E. coli O157:H7.
Regions not linked to the current E. coli outbreak include:
- Yuma, AZ
- the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County
- Hydroponically or greenhouse-grown romaine lettuce has not been linked to this outbreak
If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat it.
This food safety update stems from the November 21st national recall by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of all romaine lettuce on store shelves, in restaurants, and in consumer's homes to be discarded without consumption because of a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. To date, fifty-four people have been sickened by consuming contaminated romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California.
For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/