Cow Poop May Have Caused Deadly Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak
Cow poop may have caused the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak that led to 96 hospitalizations and five deaths between March and June, the Food and Drug Administration reports.
In an update, the FDA said samples of canal water in the Yuma growing region where the outbreak was linked to tested positive for E. coli. The canal is close to a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation, which can hold more than 100,000 head of cattle at any one time.
Investigators still don’t know the direct cause, but are examining the potential links between the feeding operation and the canal water.