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CDC: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over

An E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens that made people sick across 15 states appears to be over.
/ Source: TODAY

You can go back to your salads. The leafy greens E. coli outbreak appears to be over.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an update on Thursday, noting an outbreak of E. coli infections in 15 states that had been linked to romaine lettuce "appears to be over" after an investigation by the CDC, several states and the Food and Drug Administration.

Nearly all of the 15 people interviewed by the CDC who became sick said it was likely that eating leafy greens caused the illness. However, the investigation was not able to identify whether it was romaine lettuce or another specific type of leafy greens as the source.

Since leafy greens have a short shelf life, the CDC says it's likely the ones that caused the outbreak are no longer available for sale.

The CDC reported 25 people were infected with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli across 15 states, which resulted in nine people being hospitalized and one death in California.

Consumer Reports had previously called on the CDC to do more to warn people after reporting 58 people had gotten sick in the U.S. and Canada. Thorough cooking usually kills foodborne bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella, but lettuce is not usually cooked.

The CDC estimates about one in six Americans are made sick by foodborne illnesses every year, and about 3,000 die.

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