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Why Greens Keep Making People Sick

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  • Due to a large breakout of E. coli, the CDC has advised American consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce that was grown in Yuma, Arizona
  • Because it can often be difficult to trace the origin of salad greens, I advise you to avoid eating any romaine or bagged lettuce mixes until the contamination issue is resolved
  • The love affair Americans have with prepackaged, prewashed greens is further indication of the tremendous disconnect that exists for many consumers, their food and the soil in which it is grown
  • You can limit your exposure to E. coli and other harmful bacteria by cooking your greens, growing your own or purchasing them from a local farmers market

By Dr. Mercola

The news across the U.S. with respect to contamination involving bagged and chopped romaine lettuce continues to worsen. After a multistate outbreak dating back to March 13, 2018, involving at least 121 known Escherichia coli (E. coli) infections spanning 25 states, including one death, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has isolated the problem lettuce to Yuma, Arizona.

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