E. coli outbreak has Richmond locals thinking about lettuce

Local News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated report on the E. coli outbreak on May 2.

The health agency’s report details the hundreds of people that have gotten sick, the unusually high number of hospitalizations and the first confirmed death from the E. coli outbreak. 

8News went to Ellwood Thompson, a gourmet grocery store in Richmond, to discuss with shoppers and employees about the E. coli outbreak fears. 

With more than 100 people across half the county getting sick from eating romaine, people are thinking twice about how they chose lettuce. 

Michelle Codd, a customer from Ellwood Thompson, spoke with 8News about her concerns with romaine lettuce. 

“I’ve been avoiding romaine,” said Codd. 

“It’s really just kind of a tragedy all the way around. You go in thinking you’re doing something healthy or good for yourself and it ends up doing a lot of harm in the long run,” said Richard Gropper, Ellwood Thompson’s produce manager. 

The outbreak is traced to a Yuma, Arizona, growing region, which has customers looking at labels for where their produce comes from. 

Gropper told 8News that if people are unsure of where your lettuce was grown, there’s an easy way to find out.

“With organic product, at least it has to be labeled at minimum with the country of origin and then all of our product is labeled with the state and the farm it comes from as well.”

If people still have questions about where their lettuce comes from, Gropper says “it’s just best to ask.”

The CDC has warned people to stay away from romaine lettuce if unsure of where it’s from, as the agency wishes people be safe rather than sorry. 

Find 8News on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

StormTracker 8

Trending Stories

More Trending Stories

Local Events