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Romaine calm: Salad warning weighs over Thanksgiving dinner

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food and Health WriterNEW YORK (AP) – Avoid all romaine salad, but do not worry about…

By CANDICE CHOI AP Food and Health Writer
NEW YORK (AP) – Avoid all romaine salad, but do not worry about your turkey.

With two food poisoning outbreaks that make headlines before Thanksgiving, the messages are sent about What’s safe to eat can be hard to keep straight. Here’s what you should know before you sit down for dinner.

WHAT LETTUCE OUTBREAK?

On Tuesday, American health workers issued an unusually wide warning against all types of romantic lettuce in connection with an outbreak of E. coli. They asked restaurants and grocery stores to stop selling it, people stopped eating it and everyone threw it all.

Thirty-two diseases in 1

1 states have been linked to the Romans. Canada also suffered, with 18 diseases in Ontario and Quebec. No deaths have been reported.

WAS NOT A ROMAIN EXCHANGE THIS YEAR?

Yes. The strain of E. coli in the current outbreak differs from that associated with Romaine earlier this year, which killed about 200 people and killed five. It appears to resemble the strain identified in an outbreak of 2017 that occurred around the same time of year.

The outbreak was associated with “green greens” but a specific supplier or vegetable was never identified in the United States

This time, officials could issue a warning earlier and warn specifically against the Romans because of information collected through interviews with people who became ill, said Laura Gieraltowski, from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ARE VEGETABLES WHAT ARE VALUES FOR MORE FOOD?

Enhanced detection may increase the number of outbreaks that are bound to produce. But the way in which food is produced is another consideration.

Timothy Lytton, lawyer professor at Georgia State University, noted that large cattle feeding parties could be a contributing factor.

WHAT SHOULD BUY WITH E. COLI GET IN LETTUCE?

A large number of cows produce large amounts of animal waste. And bacteria from bovine feces can migrate into the water used to produce water fields, “said Lytton.

The fact is that irrigated irrigation water was identified as a probable source of this year’s earlier E. coli eruption associated with Romans from Yuma, Arizona

What is being done?

After the Yuma outbreak, the growers in California and Arizona increased buffer zones between animal species and produce fields, from 400 feet to 1200 feet. Teressa Lopez, an administrator of the Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, also noted that growers in the state began to treat water that runs close to animal species. The treatment, which kills pathogens, is used on water that will be used on products.

IS MORE REGULATIONS COME?

The Food and Drug Administration has new rules to increase product safety, but implementation has shifted and began recently. The agency has said inspections will not begin next year.

Sarah Sorscher at the Center for Science of Public Interest noted the importance of measures like testing irrigation water. However, a requirement for water testing has been questioned and postponed, given the limited availability of tests that can specifically detect harmful types of E. coli. In the end, that rule can not be implemented, Sorscher said.

WHY CAN I NOT ONLY Wash My ROMAINE?

Washing does not kill bacteria as the heat from cooking does. Therefore, health officers warn against all Romans.

According to a US government’s report from 2013, leafy vegetables such as salad and spinach are the main source of food poisoning.

“A product we do not have cooking is a major issue,” said Martin Wiedmann, a food safety professor at Cornell.

THE DAN CAN I SELL AGAIN?

It’s not clear when it’s okay to eat romaine again. Public health officials would like to identify the source of pollution or see the reported disease ends. Romaine has a sustainability of 21 days.

Romaine sold in the United States comes from different regions at different times of the year. So while romaine lettuce linked to E. coli eruptions earlier this year was from Arizona, romaine is now on shelves now most from California, regulators said.

The harvest recently began to shift to southern California and Arizona, although most of that product has not begun delivery, according to Lopez of the Arizona Leafy Green Marketing Agreement. She said suppliers were asked to withdraw products until health officials are convinced that the pipeline is free of contaminated romaine.

WHAT ABOUT TURKEY?

In addition to the Romana outbreak, there is a prolonged widespread salmonella outbreak in the United States of America

Raw meat and poultry get few salmonella because it is assumed that people will cook. Therefore, regulators do not tell people to avoid it, they only remind people of managing and preparing their holiday birds.

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