You should know that romaine lettuce is totally safe to eat again. If you missed your frilly salads, this news is probably music to your ears.
NBC Connecticut reports that the CDC firmly believes romaine lettuce is 100 percent safe to eat again. A relief, really, considering the vegetable sickened 172 people around the nation. Also, one person died from eating tainted lettuce.
What happened was that romaine lettuce grown around Yuma, Arizona somehow became tainted with E. coli bacteria. So, when dozens of Americans suddenly fell ill in 32 states, no one knew what caused it. Most people thought it was a mystery illness while conspiracy theorists, obviously, dusted off their tinfoil hats.
Good news: the government did not want to kill us that day and didn’t resort to chemical warfare.
‘Tis the farmers who wished to destroy us!
Later on, the CDC determined that lettuce grown around Yuma carried the bacteria. They later urged people to throw the rest of their romaine lettuce in the trash. Officials also discouraged people from purchasing or consuming that type of lettuce.
But now the worst is finally over. The birds started singing, the sun emerged from the clouds, and lettuce will no longer kill you.
The CDC posted their optimistic update today:
“According to the FDA, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018, and the harvest season is over. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people’s homes, stores, or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life.”
Will more people fall ill due to E. coli? Probably so. Just because romaine lettuce is safe to eat again doesn’t mean the bacteria itself is dead.
So, run yourself to your nearest Whole Foods and stock up on the good stuff! Did you miss being able to eat your precious lettuce or did you go Thoreau and grow your own?
I may or may not be guilty of the latter.