The FDA has narrowed the point of origin for the E.coli outbreak in the country. The Washington Examiner reports:
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that efforts are underway to remove romaine lettuce from California from the supply chain, as they believe an E.coli outbreak likely originated from the Golden State.
In a series of tweets, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the goal afterwards is to restock the market with untainted produce from different growing regions.
“UPDATE ON OUTBREAK: The romaine implicated in the current outbreak is likely from California based on growing and harvesting patterns,” t said. “The goal now is to withdraw the product that’s at risk of being contaminated from the market, and then re-stock the market.”
“New romaine from different growing regions, including Florida and Arizona, will soon be harvested. We’re working with growers and distributors on labeling produce for location and harvest date and possibly other ways of informing consumers that the product is ‘post-purge,'” he added. “We want to help unaffected growers get back into production and enable stores and consumers to re-stock.”
The “romaine scare” is almost over – once the bad batch is destroyed, the market will be stocked again.