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Leaf your Romaine lettuce in the trash

A student taking precautions by throwing away their Romaine lettuce

A student taking precautions by throwing away their Romaine lettuce

Janet Gaither

A student taking precautions by throwing away their Romaine lettuce

Janet Gaither

Janet Gaither

A student taking precautions by throwing away their Romaine lettuce

Adelyn Gaither, Reporter

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There has been a recent investigation of an Escherichia coli (E. coli) outbreak in Romaine lettuce grown in the Central Coastal, northern, and central areas of California. Restaurants all around the nation are monitoring or changing the lettuce they use for dishes.

 

After several reports of individuals getting E. coli after consuming Romaine lettuce, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent out a food safety alert. The alert informs those living in the United States to be careful of what Romaine lettuce they are consuming by checking the label indicating where the lettuce was harvested. To further protect yourself from E. coli, the CDC also suggests to stop eating Romaine lettuce all together until it is stated as safe to consume.

 

If you do not know where your Romaine lettuce comes from, it is advised to immediately throw it out and not eat or cook with it. The CDC encourages anyone who stores Romaine lettuce in their fridge to wash and sanitize any drawers or shelves it is stored in (cdc.gov). If symptoms of E. coli begin to appear such as nausea, vomiting, fever, or stomach cramps, contact your healthcare provider and write down what has been consumed the week prior to the symptoms.

 

Restaurants in the Santa Maria/Orcutt, California area have quickly taken action on the outbreak. Chick-fil-A was immediately notified about the outbreak and quickly shifted their salads from containing Romaine lettuce to having a base of green leaf lettuce. “Food safety is the most important thing to us at Chick-fil-A,” states Simone Condreay, the operations director at Chick-fil-A, “as soon as we were notified of the outbreak we stopped serving Romaine lettuce until we were able to get something safe.”

 

Food safety is important to keep track of so people don’t get sick off something easily preventable. Make sure to keep you and others around you safe this holiday season with healthy foods that are safe to consume.

 

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Adelyn Gaither, Reporter

Hello my name is Adelyn Gaither and I am a Junior at Orcutt Academy. I was born in Santa Barbara and have lived in Santa Maria for 14 years. This will...

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4 Responses to “Leaf your Romaine lettuce in the trash”

  1. Elijah Harper on December 6th, 2018 8:14 AM

    i really appreciate this informative piece, very interesting

  2. Marcos Gonzalez on December 6th, 2018 8:33 AM

    OK this article’s title , amazingly funny, and the rest was fantastic about informing on the Romaine Lettuce “epidemic”.

  3. Marcos Gonzalez on December 6th, 2018 8:34 AM

    I felt that this article was great at delivering this national news story in a great way that related it to those of the Central Coast.

  4. Lacey Barnes on December 6th, 2018 8:41 AM

    This is crazy. We can’t seem to catch a break with lettuce, lately. But great informative piece, Addy.

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