TUCSON, Ariz. — Two University of Arizona Cooperative Extension scientists are available for comment on the recent report of E. coli bacteria found in romaine lettuce.
As a safety precaution, the Centers for Disease Control is advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
The CDC also recommends restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
Cooperative Extension Associate Specialist Channah Rock and Assistant Specialist Paula Rivadeneira work in the areas of food safety, water quality and microbiology. They recently released a new publication "E. coli, Water Quality, Food Safety and Human Health," which is available for download at https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/pubs/az1763-2018.pdf
Rock and Rivadeneira are available to talk about the stringent food safety regulations followed in agricultural fields, as well as extra food safety precautions for consumers.