Another Romaine Outbreak: Not again??

 

Tis the season to not have romaine lettuce on the dinnner table. Another outbreak with E. coli bacteria has recently raised some concerns that this is becoming all too common.

As yet, I have seen no information on how this recent outbreak occurred; however other outbreaks have been possibly linked to where the lettuce was grown with the use of contaminated irrigation water. Why don’t we realize that lettuce fields growing close to feedlots (CAFO’s) is not a very good idea?

E.coli poisoning is a very troublesome illness and consumers should realize that it results in some people with serious kidney failure and possibly a lifetime of trouble. I taught an infectious disease course and many students were shocked to read real life accounts of just how dangerous and sometimes fatal this bacteria can be.

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