Coli update: You can now safely eat romaine again

Bacteria-free Romaine lettuce back on the menu

Bacteria-free Romaine lettuce back on the menu

Health officials said Wednesday that it is "unlikely" that any romaine lettuce grown in Yuma is still available as more E. coli cases are being reported nationwide. Now, the CDC is warning consumers not to buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it's not from the Yuma, Arizona area.

The most recent cases reported by the CDC started May 2, part of the 23 new cases across the nation in the last week, bringing the total to 172. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.

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It's unlikely that anyone now has edible romaine lettuce that's contaminated with the toxic strain of E. coli bacteria sickening people nationwide since March.

Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said. Of 157 people with information available, 75 have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure.

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The reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.

A Douglas County resident has tested positive for E. coli linked to the romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region.

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The Food and Drug Administration has been trying to discover exactly where and when the romaine involved in this latest outbreak was contaminated. The agency is still investigating dozens of other farms to find the source of that E. Coli outbreak.

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