It feels like we've been avoiding romaine lettuce for months!
The outbreak was initially reported back in October and ran through December; infecting 62 people in 16 states. 25 of those people were hospitalized and two developed kidney failure...so we as a country took the romaine lettuce ban VERY seriously!
But breathe easy caesar salad lovers the CDC made this update on the situation via their website:
"CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce from the Central Coastal growing regions in northern and central California. This outbreak appears to be over."
The outbreak was linked back to romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coast of California.
Due to the government shutdown, the FDA reported they won't be moving forward with routine inspections...so fingers crossed there are no recall spikes in the meantime.