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ROMAINE LETTUCE PULLED FROM GROCERS' SHELVES AGAIN
Agri-Pulse reports:

New safety measures for producing romaine lettuce could be coming down in the wake of another major outbreak linked to a deadly form of E. coli bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide alert yesterday, warning consumers to throw any romaine lettuce that they have, in any form. Thirty-two illnesses have been reported from 11 states, and there are cases in Canada as well.

Michael Droke with the law firm Dorsey and Whitney expects retailers to pull other leafy greens from their shelves, not just romaine, until the source is found. It's a process known as quarantining, he said.

Take note: FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that FDA is "committed to working with partners to implement additional safety practices to prevent outbreaks from occurring." He didn't say what those measures might be, however.

The agency released a report earlier this month on its investigation of an outbreak that was linked to lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., area. That outbreak this spring, blamed on contaminated irrigation water, resulted in 210 reported illnesses in 36 states and five deaths.


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