The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found one of the sources of the romaine lettuce that led to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year. A California farm’s water reservoir tested positive for the bacterial strain. This helps narrow down which batches of romaine lettuce are dangerous.
E. coli Outbreak Update: Don’t eat romaine lettuce from Monterey, San Benito, or Santa Barbara counties in northern and central California. Check labels on products. If you can’t tell where it was grown, don’t eat it. https://t.co/NrFOIxG8hx pic.twitter.com/bQM4KMaPiw
— CDC (@CDCgov) December 13, 2018
The CDC has recommended that consumers avoid lettuce grown in Monterey, Santa Barbara, and San Benito counties. If you cannot determine a source, avoid it as well. The infected farm, Adams Brothers Family Farm, has stopped all shipments of the lettuce and is working with the CDC on the investigation.
People are questioning regulation of potentially contaminated food.
Great to see this narrowed down
— Cee A. Davis,MD,MPH (@cdBRComHealth) December 14, 2018
It has taken far too long to zero in on the source of the problem. The Govt needs to implement better food tracking regs
— CTShore (@shoreCT) December 14, 2018
2nd time from California
— Michelle (@MaryHill387) December 14, 2018
More action than when school shootings happen. Sick.
— Duuuuuuude (@Dude_abides_67) December 14, 2018
— Chris Rickard (@ChrisRi80029765) December 14, 2018
Let me guess: they can take no action because the deregulation 7 months ago actually makes this legal, the deregulation 18 months ago prevents anyone from being at fault, & the FDA is providing new marketing for domestic lettuce?
— Mitch Hughes (@mrhughes808) December 14, 2018
Good job scientists~!!
— Jasmine ???? (@thechocotiger) December 14, 2018
E. coli is often the first bacteria that comes to mind with food poisoning. It can cause nausea several days after consumption, with extreme, life-threatening cases leading to kidney failure or seizures.
The bacterial outbreak that occurred earlier this year infected 59 people in more than a dozen states. While this helps narrow down possible contagion locations, it’s still not completely safe. Information from food service providers has led to the identification of several different possible growers as alternate sources of the E. coli.
Of course, Twitter has their own take on this matter.
I’m starting to think that iceberg lettuce is sabotaging the romaine lettuce. ????
— Lisa Hayes Stolberg (@LisaAnn469) December 13, 2018
“Please, lettuce apologize! Lol, but for real, our bad.” – California farm
— ????That Individual 1 Mike (@msapfriday) December 14, 2018
That sounds like Poopy Ridge farm…
— Reiner (@wsimpsonkw) December 14, 2018
I just ate raw cookie dough wrapped in romaine lettuce, while listenin' to Baby It's Cold Outside. Because I like livin' life on the edge. Merica.
— Cloyd Rivers (@CloydRivers) December 14, 2018
I will continue to eat chocolate…just to be safe ???? pic.twitter.com/JM5yihNjki
— Everly (@EverlymaeSC) December 14, 2018
And it would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling kids!
— Rob Z (@iamrobzil) December 14, 2018
Foodborne illnesses are exceedingly common, with more than 40 million reports of disease from Americans every year. However, smaller percentages are hospitalized, and fewer die. Something government bodies have not yet determined yet is why romaine lettuce is so susceptible to carrying the disease when other greens are not, despite being grown next to each other.