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Romaine lettuce deemed safe if it has the new labels



The FDA has identified the source of the E. coli outbreak that made dozens sick and prompted them to warn the public a week ago to discard all romaine lettuce. Safe crops will now have a special label designating when they were harvested and where they originated.

The source of the outbreak has been identified as central California. It came at the end of the season for the region, so there will be no romaine grown there until next spring. Most of the romaine that will hit stores and restaurants for the next few months will come from warmer clients where “winter romaine” is harvested.

Hydroponic romaine lettuce, which grows year-round, was not part of the E. coli scare.