An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce that has sickened 172 people and killed at least one has arrived in Nebraska.
"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".
Newly reported cases are people who became sick two to three weeks ago, still within the window when contaminated romaine was available for sale.
Moreover, he said romaine lettuce has not been grown in Yuma since April. The latest reported illness started on May 2, 2018, officials said.
Lawsuits against chains including Red Lobster, Panera, and Papa Murphy's have been filed in response to a food-poisoning outbreak that has sickened at least 121 people in 25 USA states. Of the 157 cases reported with good information, 75 (48 percent) have resulted in hospitalization, and 20 people have developed a risky form of kidney failure.
Farmers in California reported a drop in romaine lettuce sales since the outbreak was reported. "According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018 and the harvest season is over", the CDC said.
That means that the agency is no longer advising consumers to avoid buying romaine lettuce in connection with the outbreak.
That's the message that came Wednesday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear", it's pretty close.
It might be safe to eat romaine lettuce again.
But an agriculture expert working for the Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture said technology may offer solutions that may deter similar outbreaks from happening.
Styles was admitted to the hospital after experiencing nausea, abdominal cramps, fatigue and bloody diarrhea, according to the complaint.