As nearly half the United States deals with an outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli in lettuce—which has sickened at least 30 people—consumers should start demanding better food-treatment methods and pressing Congress to expand testing.
Last week, there were two recalls of romaine lettuce related to the outbreak, both by distributors who bought lettuce from the same Arizona farm. Freshway Foods announced a 23-state recall of romaine lettuce last week, while Vaughn Foods of Oklahoma announced a recall May 17, the AP reports.
The romaine was not sold directly to consumers in the produce section but was used by food-service companies and supermarkets in salad bars and “grab and go” meals. Several of the victims were students at colleges in Michigan, Ohio and New York who apparently ate the infected lettuce in dining halls, according to the Washington Post.
Lettuce is supposed to be healthy, right?