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November 30, 2018

Romaine Lettuce Health Alert Update

Can I eat romaine again?

  • Yes! The FDA has traced the romaine lettuce implicated in the nationwide E.coli outbreak to the Central Coast growing area in central and northern California.
  • Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine does not appear to be related to the current outbreak.
  • The Central Coast harvest is now over and lettuce is coming from other areas including Florida, Arizona and Mexico.
  • The FDA is working with producers to label lettuce with their growing area to help consumers and retailers identify contaminated produce more quickly to limit future outbreaks and recalls.
  • For more information, see https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm

For additional details and guidance, see the food safety alert or call Joanne Lynn, Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500