In a new report, by the Federal health officials, they have announced that the romaine lettuce which is now available is free from virus. The tainted lettuce which has sickened about 72 people and killed one across 32 states is no longer available for sale.
According to the Food and Drug Administration and Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the tainted lettuce danger had passed and there is no danger for the people who eat romaine lettuce. CDC in its twitter accounted tweeted that, “The romaine lettuce being sold and served today is NOT the romaine linked to illnesses.” FDA also posted a same kind of message by saying, “Consumers can be confident that romaine currently available for purchase is not part of this outbreak investigation.”
FDA investigators have traced the infected strain of E.coli which was found in the romaine lettuce, which is grown in the region of Yuma, Arizona in this spring. The last romaine lettuce which was harvested in this region was on April 16th, 2018, and the estimated shelf life of lettuce is about three weeks. The last report which came to the CDC for this romaine lettuce was on May 2nd, 2018.
The FDA’s deputy commissioner for the foods and veterinary medicine, Dr. Stephen Ostroff said that the researchers are now looking for the patterns in the harvesting equipment, water supply and on shared work crews. He added by saying, “There are a lot of ways this could have happened. The easy answers don’t explain this. We have to look at something potentially different.” The authorities are still looking for the toxic strain source.
An outbreak of the romaine lettuce which was occurred in the year 2006, in which the toxic strain of E.coli is tied to spinach which has made 205 people ill and spread across 26 states. The researchers have taken seven months and then concluded by saying that the bacteria had come from the river water, wild pig feces and cattle feces on a California cattle ranch.
The experts who are present in the agencies, relies on the state health workers and have taken interviews of the affected patients and even had a close watch on the supply chain. They still face issues and cannot find the source of the strain, and it is making difficult for them to recall fresh produce.