"If a consumer can confidently assess that the romaine they are buying is not from any of the affected regions in California, there is no reason not to purchase it", says James E. Rogers, Ph.D., Consumer Reports' director of food safety and research.
A California farm that was tied to an outbreak of E.coli on romaine lettuce is now recalling cauliflower and other lettuce grown at the farm. Farms in Santa Barbara County tested positive for the bacterial strain and the owners are cooperating with US officials.
"This program has many holes".
Officials from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still trying to determine how the water from the reservoir, which is used to irrigate the crops, became contaminated.
The CDC has identified another seven illnesses since its update December 6, bringing the total people infected with E. coli to 59 across 15 states and the District of Columbia.
The FDA announced Thursday that investigators found a positive E. coli sample result in an irrigation reservoir on a farm owned by Adam Bros. But it's important to note that none of the products being recalled have tested positive for contamination.
The counties are San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, and Ventura. For now, the CDC advises that consumers continue to avoid lettuce harvested from Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Barbara counties in California.
Adams Bros. Farming is also recalling red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested between November 27 and November 30 "out of an abundance of caution, because it may be contaminated" with the same strand of E. coli that was found in the earlier romaine, according to a statement it released on Thursday. The latter is where Adams Bros.
Escherichia coli, known as E. coli. There have been 23 hospitalizations and two cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
The CDC said the investigation is ongoing.
"People have gotten infected by swallowing lake water while swimming, touching the environment in petting zoos and other animal exhibits, and by eating food prepared by people who did not wash their hands well after using the toilet".