These events have occurred in the last two weeks: a salad salad salad is served at a professional conference in Boise; A pregnant employee is serving a salad salad at a local restaurant and asks me if she and her children are safe, and a fast food establishment has a sign referring to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) ban on Roma salad with refusal to serve a salad. Which situation was handled properly? Here are the facts to be reviewed:
Data collected so far shows that Roman Salad from Yuma, Arizona's growing area may be contaminated with E. coli O1
Consumer advice from CDC:
Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm that it is not from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Product labels often do not identify growing regions. So do not eat or buy a romantic salad if you do not know where it was grown.
This advice contains all the heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romain, baby romaine, organic romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know about salad in a salad mix are romaine, you will not eat.
Advice to Restaurants and Dealers:
Do not serve or sell any room lockers from Yuma, Arizona, growing area. This includes whole rooms and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine salad.
Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their Romaine salad.
CDC, public health and regulatory authorities in several states, and the FDA investigates a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157: H7 (E. coli O157: H7) infections.
121 people infected with the eruption strain of E. coli O157: H7 has been reported from 25 states.
52 people have been hospitalized, including 14 people who have developed a type of renal failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
A death was reported from California. Source: CDC.gov
This investigation is underway, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
There are good news. Many types of salad are still safe. Think of iceberg, red and green leaves, butterhead, arugula, endiv and many more. Your homemade salad can also be a safe alternative.
Julie Buck, EdD, RDN, is a registered dietitian, and family and consumer science teacher employed at the University of Idaho Extension, Bingham County. She can be reached at (208)785-8060 or [email protected]