The outbreak of the new E. Coli in romaine lettuce, which made this nation vigilant on Thanksgiving night, made its impact felt in the local economy, since Wednesday the Department of Agriculture ordered that it stop harvesting these vegetables.
"It has affected us. I have three gangs stopped since Wednesday due to lack of evidence and buyers will stop consuming romaine lettuce. This is not normal, before there are fewer preventive measures and the outbreak is not visible. Something is happening," said Antonio Oseguera, agricultural labor contractor since 1985 and president of Oseguera Harvest.
He explained that he had 60 unemployed workers, which caused him to lose 27 thousand dollars per day. "I have several people dedicated to harvesting romaine lettuce, but there are people who have up to a thousand workers. In that area, 10,000 acres are harvested per week and romaine lettuce is one of the strongest products in Yuma County, planted a lot."
Last Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 32 cases of people who became ill due to eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli strain O157: H7 had been reported. Shiga toxin producers in 11 states of American Union, 13 of whom have been hospitalized, including one who developed a hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. So far no deaths have been reported.
The disease starts from October 8 to October 31, so you can focus on romaine lettuce harvested in Monterey County, California, or the surrounding area.
The CDC indicated that the Canadian Public Health Agency also identified 18 sick people infected with the same DNA fingerprints from E. coli O157: H7 in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
The CDC recommendation for consumers in this country is not to eat Romaine lettuce and retailers and restaurants stop selling it and present it until more is known about the epidemic, because the investigation is ongoing.
This outbreak was not related to last spring, which has its source in canal waters in Yuma County and caused hundreds of people to fall ill in 32 states and 5 people died.