PHOENIX – US health officials told consumers Friday they're throwing away any store-bought romaine lettuce in their kitchens and warning restaurants to serve them in the midst of an E. coli outbreak that affects more than 50 people in several states got sick.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended their warning against corrupt Romain from Arizona and said that information about new diseases meant that all forms of salads that might come from the city of Yuma should be avoided. Officials did not find the origin of the contaminated vegetables.
Earlier, CDC officials warned only against shredded Romain itself or as part of salads and salad mixes. But they are now expanding the risk on heads or hearts of romaine lettuce.
Recently, people in Alaska Prison reported being sick after consuming whole Roman heads. According to the CDC, they were traced back to the lettuce harvested in the Yuma region
So far, the outbreak has infected 53 people in 1
Symptoms of E. coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.
CDC's updated recommendation states that consumers should not buy or eat Roman romaine from a grocery or restaurant nationwide Get confirmation that it's not from Yuma. People should also throw away any Roma who already have them at home, unless it is known that they were not from the area, the agency said.
Restaurants and retailers have been warned not to serve or sell Yuma's Romana Salad.
Romaine grown in coastal and central California, Florida and central Mexico is not endangered, according to the Produce Marketing Association.
The Yuma region, located about 298 kilometers southwest of Phoenix and near the California border, is referred to as the country's "winter vegetable capital." It is known for its agriculture and often indulges in events such as Salad Festival.
Steve Alameda, president of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, which represents local breeders, said the outbreak has heavily burdened him and other farmers.
"We want to know what happened," said Alameda. "We can not afford to lose consumer confidence, it's heartbreaking for us, we take it very personally."
Between September and January, breeders in Yuma typically plant romaine lettuce. During the height of the harvest season, which runs from mid-November to early April, the Yuma region provides most of the Roman salt sold in the US, Alameda said. The outbreak came when the harvest of Romaine was almost over.
While Alameda has not met with anyone from the CDC, he checks his own business. He discusses food safety practices and audit operations in agriculture.