Is it safe to eat ro­maine let­tuce yet? Not ex­actly

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - FRONT PAGE - Ash­ley May

While of­fi­cials have iden­ti­fied the area re­spon­si­ble for the ro­maine let­tuce E. coli out­break re­ported days be­fore Thanks­giv­ing, peo­ple should still pause be­fore or­der­ing a salad or buy­ing let­tuce at the gro­cery store.

At least 52 peo­ple in 15 states have be­come sick af­ter eat­ing con­tam­i­nated ro­maine let­tuce, the CDC re­ported Thurs­day. Ill­nesses started be­tween Oct. 5 and Nov. 18. At least two have peo­ple have suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure.

A Q&A about the out­break:

What do we know about the con­tam­i­nated let­tuce?

Last month, the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced that the con­tam­i­nated let­tuce likely came from crops in Cal­i­for­nia, specif­i­cally Cen­tral Coast grow­ing re­gions of north­ern and cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia. Still, the CDC has iden­ti­fied no com­mon grower, sup­plier, dis­trib­u­tor or brand.

Is the CDC warn­ing still in ef­fect?

Yes. The CDC is still ask­ing peo­ple not to eat the let­tuce and re­tail­ers to avoid sell­ing it, un­less they are pos­i­tive it didn’t come from the af­fected area. They are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the ex­act cause of the out­break.

How do I know if the ro­maine I have is safe to eat?

Ro­maine let­tuce that was har­vested out­side of the Cen­tral Coast grow­ing re­gions is safe to eat. The prob­lem is that not all let­tuce la­bels show where it’s har­vested. So, if you’re un­sure, throw it out or don’t buy it. Hy­dro­pon­i­callyand green­house-grown ro­maine let­tuce is also safe to eat.

What do I do if I think I have an E. coli in­fec­tion?

If you have symp­toms of E. coli in­fec­tion, such as stom­ach cramps, bloody di­ar­rhea and vom­it­ing, talk to your doc­tor and re­port the ill­ness to the health depart­ment.

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