FDA Says It’s Now Safe to Eat Romaine Lettuce as Long as It’s Not from California

Romaine lettuce is seen on sale at a supermarket in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning against all romaine lettuce just two days before Thanksgiving. Now the CDC has narrowed the source of the outbreak to California's central coast. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
Romaine lettuce is seen on sale at a supermarket in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning against all romaine lettuce just two days before Thanksgiving. Now the CDC has narrowed the source of the outbreak to California’s central coast. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The investigation into the E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce continues but the FDA said Monday that some romaine was safe to eat.

Forty-three people from 12 states fell ill after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E.coli. The last reported illness was on Oct. 31.

The Centers for Disease Control said 16 individuals have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported.

The Food and Drug Administration’s investigation determined that the romaine tied to the outbreak comes from “end of season” lettuce harvested in California, specifically in the Central Coast regions of central and northern California.

“Based on further discussions with the leafy greens industry and with agricultural authorities, we have begun to narrow the location in which we believe the contaminated romaine in the current outbreak was grown. At the time of the outbreak, the vast majority of the romaine on the market was being grown in the Central Coast region of California. Since, then harvesting of romaine lettuce from this region has ended for the year,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

Twenty-two people in Canada also fell ill from eating romaine lettuce.

The CDC publicly warned against consuming romaine on Nov. 20, just days before Thanksgiving, and the FDA continued to investigate the outbreak over the holiday.

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SOURCE: MEGHAN KENEALLY
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