40 people in 16 states have fallen ill due to an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration.
The agencies warn consumers, retailers and restaurants not to purchase or sell romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, California.
Most romaine lettuce products are now labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. Officials said to throw out lettuce if it doesn’t have a label specifying where it’s from.
“If romaine lettuce does not have labeling information for its growing area or the source cannot be confirmed, consumers should not eat or use the romaine,” said Frank Yiannas, FDA’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response. “Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce if they cannot confirm it is from outside Salinas.”
Meanwhile, Bodek, Pos’Tiv and Kosher Gardens brands have informed Hamodia that their products are not on the recall list. Bodek reported that they harvest in Yuma, Arizona, and Pos’Tiv and Kosher Gardens do not acquire their produce from the open market, but grow it in their own fields in controlled environments