GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT News)-- Another recall of romaine lettuce, happening just days before Thanksgiving Day. The CDC is now investigating a large outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine out of Salinas, CA. As of Monday, 67 people are infected from 19 different states.
“No it’s not a shock. It seems to happen a lot around the holidays especially,” says Las Marias employee, Joee Benson, “We have alerts coming in all the time from our service providers letting us know when something has gone wrong,”
The CDC is warning people to not eat romaine, or for stores to sell it. Here locally, Las Marias is following suit.
“We immediately threw away any stock we had of course. And we don’t really have a lot of dishes that serve romaine,” says Benson.
QDOBA in Clifton posted a sign on their door recently, saying that they are also not serving romaine.
It’s still unclear why it keeps happening, but contaminated agricultural water could be a suspect. The majority of the romaine sold in the U.S. comes from two areas: The Salinas Valley of California and the area of Yuma, Arizona.
Until further notice, Las Marias says that iceberg lettuce will have to do as they will not be able to purchase any romaine until it is safe again.
“They take it off the market immediately we couldn’t even purchase it if we wanted to,” says Benson.
The FDA says if the lettuce doesn't have labeling information on it, don't eat it.