Only California Romaine @ Panera Bread

Those of us who love our Cesar Salads have had a challenge since April 21, 2018 , when the Center for Disease Control reported an outbreak of E.Coli that has tainted romaine lettuce coming from Yuma, Arizona. With 121 people sick, 52 hospitalized and 1 dead across 25 states, this is a serious risk that just isn’t worth second guessing. If you buy pre-bagged or pre-chopped romaine, take it back to the store. Since there is no requirement that produce carry a point of origin on the package, the consumer has no way of knowing if this is California romaine or Arizona romaine. If you are going out to eat, make sure your restaurant is fully aware and in compliance with the alert.

Your local Panera Bread sent out a statement that all of their romaine lettuce is now sourced from Salinas, California.

“From the moment the advisory was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 13, 2018, we pulled all romaine originating from the Yuma growing region from our cafes, and began looking for a new source. We are only sourcing our romaine from the Salinas, California area. That means that the lettuce now found in the salads on our menu is unaffected by the recall and not included in the CDC advisory. ” Blaine Hurst, CEO of Panera Bread assured patrons that healthy food is their top priority.

For CC Foodie, there is also spinach, butter lettuce, radicchio, arugula, and good old iceberg. This might even be the spring to start growing your own.

Judith Martin-Straw

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