Buried in the latest CDC update on romaine lettuce is the following:
No common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified. Nine additional people have been reported since the last update on November 26, 2018. This brings the total to 52 cases from 15 states. Nineteen people have been hospitalized, including two people who developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. No deaths have been reported.
I was surprised when romaine lettuce reappeared at my local grocery store at $4 a head. I haven’t checked the prices of bagged salads but I’m sure they are higher too.
Well, the eat local movement should get a huge boost from this most recent e coli outbreak. If you’re in Oklahoma try the Looney Farm or Scissortail Farm. I’ve had both and they are excellent sources of fresh locally grown greens.