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The Food and Drug Administration has released a list of the California Central Coast counties it has targeted as the potential origin of E. coli tainted romaine lettuce.

The counties named in a Nov. 28 update on the investigation into the E. coli outbreak are:

  • Monterey
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Ventura

“The FDA has been conducting a traceback investigation, reviewing shipping records and invoices to trace the supply of romaine from the place where ill people were exposed to the place where that romaine was grown,” according to the agency’s notice.

The FDA reiterated that romaine coming back on the market has been grown outside of those counties and is safe to eat. Romaine from California’s Imperial Valley is not implicated in the outbreak.

Federal health agencies issued a broad warning to avoid the lettuce on Nov. 20, virtually stopping the availability across the U.S. supply chain. Produce industry groups, growers and processors worked with the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over other the long Thanksgiving holiday and announced an agreement that allowed romaine to return on Nov. 26.

That includes a voluntary labeling standard noting where the product was grown and when it was harvested. Although voluntary, the FDA is warning customers not to purchase romaine that lacks the label or retail bulk romaine displays that have no signs declaring origin.

“If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it,” according to the FDA notice.

“If romaine lettuce does have this labeling information, we advise avoiding any product from the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California. Romaine lettuce from outside those regions need not be avoided.”

Hydroponic/greenhouse lettuce is also excluded as a possible source, the agency reported.

 
Comments
Submitted by r henry on Wed, 11/28/2018 - 16:46

How much has been spent on traceability over the past decades?

Submitted by Irene on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:15

Genetic profile of suspected e.coli strain found in an irrigation canal in Yuma, AZ. Is Yuma off the list of where not to buy?

Submitted by Irene on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:15

Genetic profile of suspected e.coli strain found in an irrigation canal in Yuma, AZ. Is Yuma off the list of where not to buy?

Submitted by Irene on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:15

Genetic profile of suspected e.coli strain found in an irrigation canal in Yuma, AZ. Is Yuma off the list of where not to buy?

Submitted by Irene on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 07:15

Genetic profile of suspected e.coli strain found in an irrigation canal in Yuma, AZ. Is Yuma off the list of where not to buy?

Submitted by Chris Koger on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:32

Irene,

According to the FDA, the genetic "fingerprint" is related to the outbreak from late 2017, not the one traced to Yuma from this spring .

Chris Koger

News Editor

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Submitted by Danny on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:33

In others words they still don't have a clue just ban Romaine from all CA growing areas just to make themselves feel better and likely it was the preparation at the eating establishments not even the product with 300 million people eating from the same fields folks it wasn't the product the health Dept needs to inspect the eating joints .

Submitted by Chevy T. on Thu, 11/29/2018 - 18:28

With no definitive origin of contamination, what do we as consumers suppose to do? What financial implications will farmers suffer from this event? You mentioned 6 counties, that’s a lot of land to investigate? USDA, CDC and FDA needs to do a better job and stop scaring consumers unless they have definitive proof of origin of the outbreak...

Submitted by Liz on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:28

I was on FDA website but dont see anything about your article. Can you provide a link for your source...?

Submitted by Liz on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 23:28

I was on FDA website but dont see anything about your article. Can you provide a link for your source...?

Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 12/10/2018 - 21:36

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