The head of the Food and Drug Administration said today that the romaine lettuce e. coli outbreak may have started here in California.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says, “The strain that caused that outbreak (last year) is very similar to the one that’s causing this outbreak and the timing is exactly the same. So it’s likely associated with end-of-season harvests in California, where most of the romaine that is currently on the market is from.” Gottlieb continued, "I think we are going to be in a position to isolate the region soon. There is some lettuce coming in from Mexico but most of what’s on the market is the result of end-of-the-season harvesting coming out of California right now.”
The FDA says not to eat romaine lettuce at restaurants, or buy from any store, while they investigate the outbreak.