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Fear the Romaine?

by baldilocks

I’m a lit­tle con­fused by this devel­op­ment.

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (CDC) issued an updated state­ment on Fri­day urg­ing con­sumers not to buy or con­sume romaine let­tuce “unless you can con­firm it is not from the Yuma, Ariz., grow­ing region.”

Based on new infor­ma­tion, CDC is expand­ing its warn­ing to con­sumers to cover all types of romaine let­tuce from the Yuma, Ariz., grow­ing region. This warn­ing now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine let­tuce, in addi­tion to chopped romaine and sal­ads and salad mixes con­tain­ing romaine.”

The new warn­ing comes after inves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered that inmates from a cor­rec­tional facil­ity in Alaska became ill after report­edly eat­ing let­tuce “from whole heads of romaine let­tuce” from the affected region, the CDC said.(…)

There have been 53 reported cases in 16 states. Of those infected with the E. coli strain, 31 peo­ple have been hos­pi­tal­ized. Although there are not reported deaths, five peo­ple have devel­oped hemolytic ure­mic syn­drome, a kind of kid­ney failure.

I con­sider myself a bit of a green salad afi­cionado, since one of my Mom-​mandated chores was to make the salad. The basic ingre­di­ents were toma­toes, green bell pep­pers, scal­lions and mush­rooms. Optional ingre­di­ents: mar­i­nated arti­choke hearts. (In my adult­hood, I tend to impro­vise. Exam­ple: I pre­fer red onions.)

Oh yes, and there was always let­tuce: red leaf, but­ter leaf and/​or romaine. We turned up our noses up at iceberg.

My mom was and is a stick­ler for the prepa­ra­tion. Wash each leaf indi­vid­u­ally and thor­oughly; tear the leaves into fork sized piece; absolutely no freak­ing spine.

See that first item? Wash the let­tuce and every other fresh produce.

I can see pulling pre-​prepared romaine sal­ads off the shelf and fore­go­ing the same from restau­rants, but wouldn’t sim­ply thor­oughly wash­ing the let­tuce you buy your­self – per­haps using some pro­duce washer — fix the prob­lem or reduce the chance of there being one?

Help me out here.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

I’m a little confused by this development.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an updated statement on Friday urging consumers not to buy or consume romaine lettuce “unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region.”

“Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.”

The new warning comes after investigators discovered that inmates from a correctional facility in Alaska became ill after reportedly eating lettuce “from whole heads of romaine lettuce” from the affected region, the CDC said.(…)

There have been 53 reported cases in 16 states. Of those infected with the E. coli strain, 31 people have been hospitalized. Although there are not reported deaths, five people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a kind of kidney failure.

I consider myself a bit of a green salad aficionado, since one of my Mom-mandated chores was to make the salad. The basic ingredients were tomatoes, green bell peppers, scallions and mushrooms. Optional ingredients: marinated artichoke hearts. (In my adulthood, I tend to improvise. Example: I prefer red onions.)

Oh yes, and there was always lettuce: red leaf, butter leaf and/or romaine. We turned up our noses up at iceberg.

My mom was and is a stickler for the preparation. Wash each leaf individually and thoroughly; tear the leaves into fork sized piece; absolutely no freaking spine.

See that first item? Wash the lettuce and every other fresh produce.

I can see pulling pre-prepared romaine salads off the shelf and foregoing the same from restaurants, but wouldn’t simply thoroughly washing the lettuce you buy yourself – perhaps using some produce washer — fix the problem or reduce the chance of there being one?

Help me out here.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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