CDC reports end to Romaine illness outbreak

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- As of January 9, 2019 the CDC reports that the outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over.

According to the FDA, along with the CDC, state and local agencies, all contaminated romaine that made people sick in the outbreak should no longer be available on the market.

From October to December, the E. coli outbreak sickened 62 people in 16 states. No one died, but 25 people were hospitalized.

Investigators concluded that romaine lettuce grown in central and northern California was the likely source. They found the same bacteria strain in a reservoir at a farm in Santa Barbara County.

The Public Health Agency of Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency also coordinated with U.S. agencies as they investigated a similar outbreak in Canada.

Officials said Wednesday that no new illnesses have been reported for a month, and lettuce from the area is no longer in stores or restaurants. Romaine harvesting has since shifted to winter growing areas, primarily Arizona, Florida, Mexico and California's Imperial Valley.