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New E. coli cases linked to 2017 outbreak

North Texas stores still selling romaine, despite CDC warning

Some grocery stores have not yet stopped selling the romaine lettuce the CDC issued a warning about.

The CDC does not yet know the origin of the contaminated romaine lettuce, it says, that sickened 32 people in 11 states. On Tuesday, we learned of this new outbreak that has infected 32 people in the United States and another 18 in Canada. So the CDC issued a safety warning, advising not to eat any romaine lettuce from grocery stores or at restaurants.

Texas is not one of the states where people have gotten sick. However, some Dallas grocery stores were still selling romaine lettuce Tuesday afternoon.

According to an article on foodsafetynews.com, the new E. coli outbreak is indeed linked to 2017 leafy greens outbreak.

This new E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has Americans wondering where this contaminated product is coming from and how is it related to past outbreaks. Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak.

Where was the contaminated romaine grown? There is now definitive news yet, but the early betting is that it came from California’s Monterey County where the romaine lettuce growing season is in full swing.

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales told local media it is “very likely” the poisoned romaine came from his country. At the center of the Salinas Valley, Monterey County last year produced more than 40 million cartons -24 heads to a carton- of romaine lettuce. That’s about half of the U.S. total annual production.


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