Date: Jan 10, 2019

On January 9, 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provided an update related to the recent outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC declared that this outbreak appears to be over. FDA recommends suppliers and distributors to continue labeling romaine lettuce with its harvest location and date or label as hydroponically- or greenhouse-grown. According to the FDA and the CDC, the recent romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, which began in early October, appears to be over, due to the last reported illness dating back to December 4, 2018. They announced: “Currently there are no recommendations for consumers to avoid any romaine lettuce on the market.”

The full updates from FDA and CDC can be found online here:

CDC E. coli Update

FDA E. coli Update

WG Staff Contact

Sonia Salas
Assistant Vice President, Food Safety, Science & Technology

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