One Of The Sources Of The Contaminated Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Has Just Been Identified

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.

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.

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.

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.