Romaine lettuce-linked E. coli outbreak over, CDC says

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Behind the rise in foodborne illnesses

U.S. health officials are declaring an end to a food poisoning outbreak blamed on romaine lettuce from California.

From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states and the District of Columbia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized, two of whom developed a type of kidney failure. Illnesses were also reported in Canada.

Investigators concluded that romaine lettuce grown in central and northern California was the likely source. They found the same bacteria strain in a reservoir at a farm in Santa Barbara County.

Officials said Wednesday that no new illnesses have been reported for a month, and lettuce from the area is no longer in stores or restaurants. Romaine harvesting has since shifted to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California's Imperial Valley.

First published on January 10, 2019

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