November 28, 2018
ROMAINE LETTUCE UPDATE
On November 26th 2018 the CDC released an updated statement lifting the consumer advisory against eating romaine lettuce. They will allow shipments and sales of romaine harvested on or after November 23rd, from areas outside the Central Coast of California growing region, hydroponic and green house grown romaine.
Just The Best produce currently has romaine hearts in stock and for sale that meet this criteria. We will not have any other romaine products, including whole head romaine, processed romaine or artisan romaine until next week. We will begin to refill our inventory based on the availability of product that meet the new criteria above. We are working closely with our growing partners and shippers to make this happen as soon as possible.
As initially stated our spring mix does not currently nor did it ever contain any variety of baby romaine. We are purchasing all that we are allocated for each load; yet continue to run out of product almost daily and are pro rating all orders as they come in, in an effort to make sure each one of our valued customers receives at least some of what they are ordering.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we move forward these next 7-10 days.
November 20, 2018
At 2:30pm ET today, November 20, 2018, the CDC and the FDA issued the following warning regarding romaine lettuce:
“CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.”
The investigation is still on going, however, we do know that among the 32 illness reported in the US and Canada, the last reported date was October 31, 2018.
Just The Best is suspending all romaine sales, including hearts, processed, baby and whole heads until we are able to obtain more specific information regarding growing regions and shippers. As of now, no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified.
Our spring mix does not contain any baby red or green romaine; we will continue to distribute that.
We will continue to update you as we receive more information. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.