Continuing our coverage of the E. coli voluntary recall of romaine lettuce over the Thanksgiving holiday, retailers can now get the leafy green back in their stores. The Federal Drug Administration announced late Monday that they now suggest retailers can again sell romaine lettuce that has new labeling which identifies growing region and harvest dates. The FDA said anything outside of the Northern/Central Coast of California, or that is greenhouse/hydroponically grown is safe to sell and consume.
From the FDA Press Release
Based on discussions with major producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date. Romaine lettuce entering the market can also be labeled as being hydroponically or greenhouse grown. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it.
Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources.