Quote epidemic of E. coli, US officials say eating romaine

US health officials say people are avoiding eating a Roman salad due to the E. coli epidemic that affected 32 people in 11 states.

The Food and Drug Administration says it works with officials in Canada where people are warned to stay away from the Roman salad. The identified tribe is different from the one associated with the novel last year, but it looks similar to that associated with leaf green last year.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency still does not have enough information to ask suppliers to issue an appeal. But he adds that vendors can help by pumping Roman products until it is possible to identify contamination.

No deaths reported. The last illness was reported on October 31.

Most E. coli bacteria are not harmful but some produce toxins that can cause serious illnesses.

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