Editor’s note: The CDC has stated that all of the Romaine lettuce that was tainted has now likely been thrown out and/or no longer in circulation. This blog was written before these new details surfaced. Read the new details here.
I love romaine lettuce.
It’s got a unique flavor that ordinary – almost tasteless iceberg lettuce just can’t match.
But; this current E. coli-scare seems to be getting worse by the day; and the fingers are all pointing to Yuma, Arizona.
As of this writing, you can add four more states to the list of tracing illness from romaine lettuce grown in Yuma. For the current version of the E. coli story, click here. https://on-ajc.com/2IuF53l
When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells people NOT to eat romaine lettuce at ANY restaurant and NOT to purchase any of this green vegetable at a grocery store; UNLESS the eatery or supermarket can confirm it wasn’t grown in Yuma – you should avoid it.
Call me an oaf, but; the same day this story widened, I bought some romaine lettuce at my local market – and so far I’m ok.
The store did have a big sign in the produce isle where they sell the succulent leaves, claiming that THEIR source of the romaine is from California – which doesn’t even SOUND like Yuma, or Arizona; even though all three end with the letter ‘a’.
You know me by now. When it comes to hygiene, I’m one of the biggest proponents of being vigilant.
Nevertheless; I did feel safe eating this type of lettuce because of the pointed way the market made it clear, this display of lettuce was NOT from Yuma.
The CDC said (as you saw in the article linked above) that the “advice” includes virtually ANY version of romaine – packaged or loose, “IF YOU DON’T KNOW IF THE LETTUCE IN THE SALAD MIX IS ROMAINE, DO NOT EAT IT.
I’m a born skeptic. But for some reason, I trusted my local market to tell me the truth about the source of my romaine.
How about you? Are YOU buying and eating romaine lettuce? How about at restaurants? Have you been asking if romaine is in your salad? Have you dared to ask where the source of the romaine is?
Please send me a quick note via email at BigJaySorensen@gmail.com and I’ll share you’re correspondence or a part of it with your permission.
I don’t want anyone to get sick from food-borne illnesses.
But someone needs to make clear to people who work in the fields, transports, shelves or touches MY food that they better wash their hands, on a regular basis.
I clean my vegetables almost obsessively before consuming. You should too.
Fertilizers of some kind are used on nearly anything that is grown in the ground or hot-house and becomes part of the food-chain.
But when that product is tainted – OR if someone’s HANDS are contaminated, we ALL run the risk of getting sick.
For some guidance about how to keep your food safe from bacteria, click here. https://on-ajc.com/2Gri7YU
I get that when you’re a farm-hand, you can’t run to the restroom to wash hands with soap and water after everything you pick or handle in some way. That’s not feasible.
Or is it?
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