Image: Scott Olson (AP) Romain salad enthusiasts, I am very sad to inform you that your forbidden fruit is still…
Image: Scott Olson (AP)
Romain salad enthusiasts, I am very sad to inform you that your forbidden fruit is still not sure – at least not entirely.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday that nine more cases of sickened individuals have been linked to the ongoing E. coli outbreak since the last update about two weeks ago. All in all, 52 cases of people suffering from disease have been reported in 15 states since October, according to the agency. Canada has also reported dozens of cases linked to the E. coli strain.
The outbreak derives from Roman salad grown in northern and central parts of California, and the CDC said if you can not be 100 percent sure your romaine is not from that region, do not even think about eating it. This applies to both purchased romaine and all that is served in restaurants. When you are about romance salad of all kinds – if you need to – look out for the harvest site.
“Some Romaine salad products are now labeled with a harvesting area by region,” said CDC. “Consumers, restaurants and retailers should check out bags or boxes of romantic salad for a label indicating where lettuce was harvested.” Basically, if you can not tell where it came from it’s not clearly noticed, just throw it away! 
The Beast Outbreak, Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli O157: H7, has been linked to 19 hospitalizations and two cases of renal failure so far. People who consume the bacteria usually report that they feel ill for two to eight days later, says CDC. Symptoms of Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli may be quite unpleasant and include bloody diarrhea, vomiting and severe stomach pain.
Commission for Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb said on Friday that the Agency’s ongoing outbreak tracking survey “has involved 10 different distributors, 12 different growers and 11 different farms as potential sources of contaminated lettuce.” He added to “indicate that the outbreak can not be explained by a single farm, growers, harvester or distributor”.
If you have to eat it, be careful. But honestly, at least for the moment, it’s probably not a bad idea to just postpone other, less problematic roughages.  [CDC]