Utahns Can Eat Romaine Lettuce Again
Salt Lake City―Nicholas and Company and other Utah wholesale food providers are now getting romaine lettuce from areas that were not affected by the E.Coli outbreak. On November 26, the FDA identified the source of the contamination and Nicholas and Company is only providing romaine lettuce from areas cleared by the FDA.
“We are pleased to be able to return romaine and romaine blended items to our valued customers,” said Nicholas Mouskondis, Co-CEO of Nicholas and Company. “Our first priority is the safety of our customers and we took immediate steps to protect them.”
The FDA identified Northern and Central California as the source of the outbreak but determined that romaine lettuce produced in the desert regions of California, Arizona, and Mexico is cleared for consumption and distribution.
“There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine lettuce that is certain to have been harvested from areas outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California,” the FDA said in a November 28 release.
Nicholas and Company is only selling romaine lettuce from the cleared areas. Before purchasing or eating romaine lettuce, customers can ask to see the labels that show where it was harvested.
On November 20, the Center for Disease Control released an advisory, not a recall, to warn consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce until an ongoing FDA and CDC could identify the potential contamination point. Nicholas and Company immediately stopped the sales of all romaine product including salad blends that could potentially have romaine included in the mix. More information can be found from the CDC here.
Nicholas and Company will continue to work with the FDA and CDC to make sure all of the food it sells is safe.