Monday 16 September, 2019

Romaine lettuce safe to eat again, Ministry advises

An E-Coli outbreak late 2018 linked to consumption of romaine lettuce which sickened 62 people is over, making it safe to eat the lettuce variety.

In a revised advisory, the Health Ministry said the safety warning against consuming romaine lettuce from the affected harvest region in the United States has been removed.

The Centers for Disease Control on January 9 said contaminated lettuce that made people sick in this outbreak should no longer be available.

The Ministry said, however, it would continue to monitor the situation and provide further advice to the public as and when necessary.

Below is the full statement from the Ministry:

The Ministry of Health advises the public that the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revised the status regarding Romaine Lettuce indicating that the outbreak is now over. Hence the food safety warning against consuming Romaine lettuce from the affected harvest region in the US has been removed.

Consumers are now advised that there is currently no recommendation for restaurants and retailers to avoid serving or selling any romaine lettuce grown in specific regions. Furthermore, the MOH wish to remind consumers, food processors, restaurants and food retail outlets to adhere to good hygiene practices when preparing food for consumption. 

The Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the situation and provide further advice to the Public as and when necessary.

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