April 16 Weekly Update

4/16 – Scratch Caesar Salad from the menu. The Center for Disease Control has reported that 35 people in 11 states have been stricken with E. coli poisoning from Mar 22-to-31. The CDC has identified Romaine lettuce as the source and Yuma, AZ as the growing region – but that’s mostly because Yuma was the primary Romaine shipping region in late March. Victims report eating Romaine in restaurants, and implicated restaurants report using bagged, chopped Romaine. The CDC has not been able to identify a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand. Currently, nearly all romaine is being produced in California in areas not connected to the outbreak. However, as a precautionary measure, most restaurants have taken it off their menus, and retailers off their shelves. With romaine off the market, prices for other lettuces, spinach and arugula are likely to soar.