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CDC: Unlikely tainted romaine lettuce still available in stores, restaurants

This undated photo shows romaine lettuce shot in the Houston Chronicle newspaper studio. The Centers for Disease Control is expanding a warning about contaminated lettuce from Arizona that has now sickened dozens of people in several states. (Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP)

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, romaine lettuce linked to E. Coli is no longer being produced and distributed from the Yuma growing region.

The last shipments of romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona were harvested on April 16 and are now past their 21-day shelf life.

Although it's unlikely the E. Coli contaminated lettuce is still in grocery stores, the FDA says they "cannot be certain that romaine lettuce from this region is no longer in the supply chain."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 172 people were infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 reported from 32 states that was linked to romaine lettuce.

One death was reported after a person contracted an E. Coli infection in California.


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