An E. coli outbreak that made people sick in 36 states and warned them not to eat this romaine lettuce was traced to water in a canal in the Yuma region of Arizona – and the outbreak is now officially over Federal officials say
"Suspect product is no longer harvested or expelled from this area and is no longer available in stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life," says the Food and Drug Administration.
Five people have died because of the outbreak and 96 were sent to hospitals, the FDA says in its latest update. In total, according to the agency, 210 people were affected by the E. coli outbreak.
The alert on the outbreak eased slightly in late May after supervisors confirmed that the harvesting season for Romania in Yuma had expired. The US source for Romaine had moved to the Californian Salinas Valley.
The first cases of the outbreak were reported on March 13; One month later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that they had traced E. coli to lettuce from the Yuma area. Citing the CDC's analysis of water samples taken from a canal in the Yuma region, the FDA says the study found E. coli in water "with the same genetic fingerprint as the outbreak strain."
Investigators are now working to learn how the E. coli got into the water and how the water
When FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the breakthrough in finding the cause of the diseases went He also believes that US consumers see more food-borne outbreaks than the past in Germany.
"The answer to this question is that we do not believe that we see more outbreaks," said Gottlieb. "We believe that food is safer than ever and today we are better at finding outbreaks when they occur."