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Gather up all your romaine lettuce and throw it out - but put some gloves on first

The CDC reports another outbreak of E. coli disease linked to romaine lettuce and says some of the cases have been in Massachusetts.

  • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
    • This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
    • If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
    • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.
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Just when you thought it was safe to eat salad.......

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Sorry not sorry.

(But yah this is a serious issue...)

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Of the Romaine Empire...

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Caesar salad?

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If you have curbside.

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Using infected material as compost will spread the bacteria to anything grown in such.

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When done properly , composting kills pathogens. Cambridge uses an incinerator anyways , they don’t turn good waste into soil like bootstrap , black earth, etc

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Manure is composted to make it safe for fertilizing food crops.

Manure comes from cows, which are famous for their e coli capacity.

It isn't that simple.

Bottom line: you probably don't want it in your personal compost, which may not get hot enough to kill it all off. However, larger commercial composting operations should do the trick (and municipal compost usually ends up on flower beds and turf fields anyway).

Some helpful info: http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/nutrition-food-safety-health/...

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I am as environmentally-minded as the next person, but people get so excessive. Not every last scrap of a batch of poisonous lettuce needs to be composted, recycled, detoxified or otherwise reused. The world still wags.

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When in doubt, throw it out.

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You missed the point. Black Kat was spreading scientifically incorrect misinformation. The reply provided properly scientific information.

Sure, throw it out if you want ... but don't spread misinformation.

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I thought those black compost rotating barrels were just for speeding up the process. I knew you need heat to sanitize soil, but I thought it was just to keep weeds and fungus out. Are we both CSU alumni?

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MIT and UML. I just thought that particular bit of extension info was well written and clearly explained, so I linked it.

I had an intern from CSU - great guy! I would have hired him permanently but the US Park Service scooped him up!

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