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Monday, 8 March 2021

Restaurant kitchens respond to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

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Restaurant kitchens respond to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak
Restaurant kitchens respond to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak

After an E.

Coli bacteria outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona, region, area restaurants are taking extra precautions to keep the affected greens off their customers’ plates.

The issues found previously.

The c-d-c is warning people nationally to use caution before eating a certain type of lettuce.

An e-coli outbreak hospitalizing dozens nationally, is being traced to romaine lettuce grown in the yuma, arizona region.

News 3's madalyn o'neill is live to explain what you should know before ordering your next meal.

Madalyn.

The c-d-c is saying if you can't confirm the source of the romaine lettuce you'll be eating ... do not buy it.

I spoke with several restaurant managers and owners today, including here at glass nickel ... and they're taking precautions to make sure no effected romaine lettuce ends up on customers' plates.

Katie bracey owner, glass nickel 47:36 "you should be able to go eat somewhere and not worry about being sick."

47:38 glass nickel is a well-known pizza joint ... but owner katie bracey says their salads get plenty of love from customers, too.

Bracey 44:47 "yes, the most popular ones are romaine."

44:51 but knowing some romaine lettuce carries a strain of e.

Coli bacteria ... bracey 46:57 "i have not seen a recall of this scale that i've had to source different items."

47:02 ... means she has to make some changes in the kitchen.

Nat: 425801, 50:07 "so this is what we're currently using ... green leaf."

Bracey briefly switched from their usual romaine lettuce out of arizona to romaine from california, which is deemed safe ... but now, the shop is making the switch to green leaf lettuce.

Bracey 44:32 "it's a lot of staff training to explain that to every customer.

We decided to just skip romaine for now.

No one will have to worry.

44"42 susan quam exec.

Vice pres, wisconsin restaurant association 33:20 "we grow food outside, therefore you're always going to have this opportunity that it's very possible you're going to have something that's affected."

33:28 susan quam ... the wisconsin restaurant association's vice president ... says many restaurants have been able to confirm their product does not come from the arizona site, and is safe to eat.

Quam 31:14 "i've seen many put it on their door, what they're doing to address the situation, but if you don't and you're interested in having a salad, that would be the time to engage wtih the manager on duty and ask."

31:25 when it comes to food ... bracey agrees.

It's always better to be safe, than sorry.

Bracey 48:45 "make sure to ask where the romaine comes from, and don't assume it's safe just because they're serving it.

48:52 48:52 for those who already have romaine lettuce at home ... the c- d-c urges you to throw it out unless you know specifically where it was grown.

At least 60 people have been infected with the bacteria in the country, with about half of them being hospitalized.

None, yet have been from wisconsin.

Thanks madalyn...

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