In the past month, many people have been afraid to eat romaine lettuce. The popular product, especially for summertime burgers, was recalled for containing E. Coli bacteria.
Many people forgot about the recall as time went on. Some folks even figured the recall was now over and that romaine lettuce was safe to eat.
Sadly, more cases of E. Coli sickening people are being reported and traced back to the lettuce. Four people have passed away since May 16, 2018.
"Twenty-five people from 13 states in the country have been infected with the bacteria in the past two weeks, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined the last of the infected lettuce harvest from the Yuma growing region of Arizona was shipped to retailers around the country in mid-April and likely doesn’t exist in grocery stores, homes, restaurants or elsewhere anymore," reported news outlets.
However, it is still affecting individuals. So far 149 cases have been reported overall.
"Still, the illness takes two to three weeks to perpetuate, which is why individuals who came in contact with a person who had E. coli or has eaten previously infected lettuce are still susceptible to illness, according to the CDC."
Officials are warning people to be vigilant and look for the early signs of E. Coli poisoning. They say to report symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting to a doctor immediately.
However, there is some good news. According to CBS, the lettuce in your grocery store is probably safe. They believe all the problematic lettuce came from Yuma, Arizona. While Yuma generally supplies most of the nation's lettuce during the winter, it is now spring and other suppliers are producing the product. Still, make sure you're on the lookout for early symptoms of sickness if you decide to eat lettuce!
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