Pasta Armellino's baby romaine salad with avocado and shaved pecorino isdelightful yet small, featuring about one-half cup of romaine leaves (Photo: Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group).

In good news for salad lovers everywhere, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now advising that it is safe to crunch into romaine lettuce once again.

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The last romaine lettuce shipments from the Yuma, Ariz., growing region, the source of the latest E. coli outbreak, were harvested April 16. That means the contaminated lettuce is now past its 21-day shelf life. The FDA says the romaine lettuce being sold and served today is not the romaine linked to illnesses.

A baby romaine salad with avocado and shaved pecorino is served at Pasta Armellino in Saratoga. Jessica Yadegaran/Bay Area News Group

This nasty outbreak has infected 172 people across 32 states, according to the CDC. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13 to May 2. People who got sick range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 29. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. Of 157 people with information available, 75 have been hospitalized, including 20 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. One death was reported in California.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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