January 9, 2019 9:52 pm

U.S. health officials declare romaine lettuce food poisoning outbreak over

Nov. 28, 2018: Microbiologist Keith Warriner on how the E.Coli outbreak in romaine lettuce began, and if it's safe to eat it again

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U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California.

From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states.

Coverage of romaine lettuce food poisoning outbreak on Globalnews.ca:


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No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized. Illnesses were also reported in Canada.

Investigators concluded that romaine lettuce grown in central and northern California was the likely source. They found the same bacteria strain in a reservoir at a farm in Santa Barbara County.

READ MORE: Romaine lettuce likely safe to eat again, no new illnesses in more than a month

Officials said Wednesday that no new illnesses have been reported for a month, and lettuce from the area is no longer in stores or restaurants.

Romaine harvesting has since shifted to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California’s Imperial Valley.

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