CR: Romaine lettuce E. Coli outbreak over

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(Consumer Reports) After nearly two months of investigation, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the recent E. coli outbreak, linked to leafy greens, appears to be over.

The CDC says people likely got sick from eating leafy greens but did not advise anyone to avoid romaine or any other green.

During the outbreak, at least least 66 people across the U.S and Canada became ill, 22 were hospitalized, and 2 died.

Consumer Reports warned consumers to stay away from romaine lettuce—which Canada blamed for its recent E. coli outbreak.

There have been no new cases over the past few weeks.

The Canadian government declared its outbreak over earlier this month, and the CDC and FDA have now followed suit. Therefore, Consumer Reports has now updated it’s advice to consumers.

Jim Rogers is a Consumer Reports Food Safety Expert. He says,
“Consumer Reports is no longer recommending to consumers to avoid romaine lettuce.”

Even though the outbreak appears to be over now, Consumer Reports will continue to monitor the situation and the ongoing investigation.