Salad lovers, rejoice. The Centers for Disease Control say it may finally be OK to eat romaine lettuce again. It had been off limits, and off the plates of many people, after being part of a deadly E. coli outbreak that made people sick in 32 different states, including here in Washington and Idaho.
Romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma, Arizona was blamed for spreading the contamination. Now, officials say since he harvest season there ended in mid-April and the shelf life of romaine lettuce is about 21 days, it's unlikely that any contaminated lettuce could still be for sale in stores or served up in restaurants.
Most of the romaine lettuce being served or sold now, across the country, is grown in California.
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