Heads Up: The CDC Says Romaine Lettuce Is Safe To Eat Again

The romaine-related E. coli outbreak is the worst E. coli outbreak in the U.S. in more than a decade

The health officials reported that twenty-three more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce on Wednesday in the United States.

To date, 75 people have been hospitalized and one person has died from the illness; 20 people have suffered a unsafe form of kidney failure as a result of the bacterial infection.

It is estimated that 47.8 million people in the United States get affected with food-borne illnesses every year, which leads to about 127,000 people getting hospitalised and death of over 3,000 people.

The source farms under investigation include at least 13 farms in Yuma, Arizona, including the only named farm so far - Harrison Farms which provided whole Romaine lettuce to a correctional institution in Alaska here there were at least 8 illnesses (none were hospitalized).

Harvesting of romaine from Yuma, Ariz. - source of the outbreak - is over and it's likely no longer being sold, the CDC says.

"It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life", the CDC said.

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Nationwide, 23 more people and three more states were added to the list of confirmed cases; putting the total number of incidents in the U.S. At 172 since the outbreak was first reported on April 10.

Health officials said Wednesday that almost two dozen more cases have been reported since the last update on May 9, including the first report of sickness in Oregon.

Fans of romaine lettuce salads may not totally be in the clear yet, but there is one slightly encouraging sign, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The infected romaine lettuce has been linked to the harvest from Yuma, Arizona.

OH is now reporting six cases of people getting sick from romaine lettuce.

While the FDA and CDC haven't been able to trace the outbreak beyond just the general area of the Yuma region, food safety attorney Bill Marler is trying to track back via lawsuit.

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