FDA: Romaine lettuce is safe once it's not from central CA

Romaine lettuce is safe to eat as long as it's not from California’s Central Coast growing region, federal health officials said late Monday.

So far, an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce has made 43 people sick in 12 states, plus another 22 in Canada, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had narrowed down the suspect lettuce to lettuce harvested in northern and central California.

They still don’t have enough information to name a specific grower or distributor, but said consumers can begin to look for the popular lettuce again.

Last week, the CDC and FDA told people not to eat any romaine lettuce at all and said stores should take it off the shelves.

"Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the FDA continued to investigate the outbreak. Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to 'end of season' romaine lettuce harvested from these areas," FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

So people can eat some romaine confidently.

“If you do not know where your romaine lettuce is from, do not eat it,” the CDC said in a statement.

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