E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

U.S. health officials have traced a dangerous bacterial outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least one farm in central California.

U.S. food regulators said Thursday that other farms are also likely involved in the E. coli outbreak and consumers should continue checking the label before purchasing romaine lettuce.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said 59 people have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. Officials said a water reservoir at Adams Brothers Farms in Santa Barbara County, Calif., tested positive for the bacterial strain and the owners are co-operating with U.S. officials.

The U.S. government also narrowed the source of the outbreak to three California counties: Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Benito.

The FDA said lettuce from other areas harvested after Nov. 23 should be safe to eat.

As of Dec. 13, the outbreak has resulted in 59 people becoming ill in U.S. 15 states. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported 27 illnesses are under investigation in the outbreak as of Dec. 6.

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