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In the US, romaine lettuce has become a dangerous source of E. Coli
- November 25, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
About a week ago, the U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration issued a statement stating that consumers should be careful about buying and consuming romaine lettuce leaves because an outbreak of Escherichia coli was previously recorded and confirmed. E. Coli. This bacterium is quite dangerous for humans, and often leads to long-term complications in the digestive and immune systems. However, today the Commission has again returned to this issue for the sole purpose of finally clarifying where these bacteria-infected leaves come from.
A joint study by the Commission and the Centers for Disease Control in the United States showed that infected romaine lettuce leaves somehow come from some regions of California – mainly the central coast, and this is mainly the case for the crops that are collected most recently. This refuted the previous theory that infected leaves were grown throughout the summer and that more consumers were affected.
Now that winter is actively approaching most of the climatic zones of America, the cultivation of such plants and crops is being transferred to hotter regions – for example, Arizona, Florida and Southern California – the danger may increase, since it is not always possible to trace the source of infection accurately. Whatever the case, there is still a fairly steady tendency to eliminate potentially dangerous bacteria and their chemical agents from crops in California.
The Federal Commission and the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention report that the threat has so far been more or less eliminated, but there are still some infected leaves on the market – however, given the speed and efficiency of the agents of both centers, it can be assumed that their days on the market are numbered . Of course, this does not negate the fact that the perpetrators will be punished, although an investigation is still ongoing in this regard.