Romaine lettuce safe for Utahns to eat, still encouraged to check labels

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018, file photo Romaine lettuce is removed from the shelves of the East End Food Co-op and other local grocery stores due to a recent consumer alert regarding a multi-state E.Coli outbreak in Pittsburgh. Health officials on Monday, Nov. 26, said it’s OK to eat some romaine lettuce again. The Food and Drug Administration is narrowing last week’s alert warning people not to eat any romaine because of an E. coli outbreak. The agency hasn’t identified a source of contamination. But it says it’s OK to eat romaine from parts of California and Arizona that were not harvesting when the illnesses began in October. (Jessie Wardarski/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

(KUTV) -- Romaine lettuce is becoming more safe to eat for Utahns.

Nicholas and Company, and other Utah wholesale food providers, are now getting romaine lettuce from areas not affected by the E.Coli outbreak, a press release stated.

On November 26, the Federal Drug Administration identified the source of the contamination and the Salt Lake City whole food distributor says it is only providing romaine lettuce from areas cleared by the FDA.

Nicholas Mouskondis, co-CEO of Nicholas and Company, said in a prepared statement:

We are pleased to be able to return romaine and romaine blended items to our valued customers. Our first priority is the safety of our customers and we took immediate steps to protect them.

The FDA identified Northern and Central California as the source of the outbreak but determined that romaine lettuce produced in the desert regions of of California, Arizona and Mexico is cleared for consumption and distribution.

Before purchasing or eating romaine lettuce, customers can ask to see the labels that show where it was harvested.

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