FDA says harvest season over for E. coli-linked romaine lettuce

The U.S. Food as well as Drug Administration said on Wednesday the harvest season for romaine lettuce, linked to the multi-state E. coli outbreak, was over as well as which was unlikely which which was still available in stores due to its 21-day shelf life.

The reported strain of E. coli, which produces poisonous substances known as Shiga toxins, can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhea as well as vomiting.

The Centers for Disease Control as well as Prevention said on May 2 one person through California had died related to the E. coli outbreak.

The last shipments of romaine lettuce through Yuma, Arizona were harvested on April 16, according to the FDA.

Twenty-three more people fell ill since the last update on May 9, bringing the total to 172 people through 32 states, the CDC said on Wednesday.

Three more states Iowa, Nebraska, as well as Oregon have also reported cases, the CDC said.

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