Lettuce say goodbye to romaine

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Lettuce say goodbye to romaine

 On November 20, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement that consumers and distributors should get rid of all romaine lettuce supplies, as strands of E. coli were found in the vegetable. Now, it has been downgraded to lettuce from just the central and coastal regions of California, but this region’s products make up a large portion of the romaine sold around the country. In addition, the CDC also said that romaine will not be sold again until January 14. The lettuce has caused 43 cases of E. coli, with 16 hospitalizations.

 Millions of restaurants and grocery stores across the country are being affected by the recall, not being able to make salads or other dishes to sell to customers. Major food chain Panera Bread removed most of the salads from their menu, resulting in loss of profits.

  Sanderson senior Steve Olson stated, “The E. coli is bad, and I’m glad they caught it, but it’s disappointing that the lettuce was not protected from the disease from the beginning. This is an issue that our government needs to spend more time researching in order to prevent the loss of American lives.”

Overall, the ban on lettuce has prevented an E. coli outbreak of epidemic proportions.