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Novmber 22, 2019

FDA Health Advisory Regarding Romaine Lettuce From Salinas, CA.

FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating an outbreak of illnesses caused by E. coli O157:H7 in the United States. Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region is a likely source of this outbreak.

Consumers: Consumers should not eat romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California. Additionally, consumers should not eat products identified in the recall announced by the USDA on November 21, 2019.

At this time, romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Salinas region has not been implicated in this outbreak investigation. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine, which is voluntarily labeled as “indoor grown,” from any region does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers to avoid using romaine harvested from these other sources.

The North Coast Co-op recently stocked 3 count pre-packaged Romaine hearts from the affected region; they have been removed from the shelves out of an abundance of caution. The whole Romaine heads from Kern County are unaffected by this recall.

Customers and Members with questions may contact the Merchandising department at both our Arcata (707-822-5947) and Eureka (707-443-6027) locations.