Arizona Harvest Over, Coastal California is Now Primary Growing Region

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coliO157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, AZ, confusion continues regarding the sources of romaine lettuce
currently being harvested and shipped to restaurants and grocery stores.

California and Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreements, which represent companies producing 90% of the leafy greens grown in the U.S., want consumers, restaurants and grocery stores to understand the facts about current romaine supplies to help them make safe choices about the foods they buy and eat.

“We want to assure public health agencies that romaine lettuce is no longer being harvested in the Yuma, AZ growing region,” said Teressa Lopez, Administrator of the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee. “United States Department of Agriculture Market News Shipping records maintained by the Arizona Department of Agriculture
indicate the last date romaine lettuce was shipped from Arizona was April 16.”

According to the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, investigators have determined the source of all illnesses in this outbreak is romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ region. A farm in Yuma, AZ has been identified as the source of romaine lettuce consumed by those sickened in the Alaskan cluster of the romaine outbreak.

Government agencies continue to look for additional sources including other farms in the Yuma, AZ region.  “None of the illnesses reported in this outbreak have been linked to romaine lettuce grown in California,” said Scott Horsfall, CEO of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement. “The vast amount of romaine currently being harvested today and for the past few weeks is from California. A small amount of romaine is also being harvested in Florida and central Mexico, but harvest of romaine in Arizona has ceased.

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