The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning two days before Thanksgiving about a recent E. coli outbreak affecting romaine lettuce. This outbreak, the second one this year related to romaine lettuce, has sickened 32 people in the United States and 18 in Canada and has so far not caused any deaths. 67% of those affected were women, and ten out of the 32 reported US cases are Californians.
In an interview with NBC News, the head of the FDA response team, Dr. Laura Gieraltowski, had speculations about if romaine is likely to be more contaminated than other types of vegetables. She said, “It could have to do with the way the lettuce is shaped. [A head of] romaine lettuce is kind of open and maybe contaminated water can get into it more than into a head of iceberg lettuce or cabbage that is in a ball.” While nothing is for sure right now, it’s best just to avoid romaine lettuce altogether until the outbreak is finally over.
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