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The New York Times reports that “four more people have died from tainted romaine lettuce … bringing the total to five deaths related to a virulent strain of E. coli whose source has still not been located.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now also says that 197 people in 35 states have been sickened by tainted romaine lettuce, all of which seems to have come from the Uma, Arizona, growing region.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, continues to maintain that romaine lettuce currently on store shelves is safe to eat: “Any contaminated product from the Yuma growing region has already worked its way through the food supply and is no longer available for consumption. So any immediate risk is gone.”
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