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Romaine lettuce associated with an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 is likely from the Salinas growing region of California. 102 illnesses have been reported across 23 states since Sept. 24. The most recent illness reported was Nov. 18. The Salinas region is comprised of Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito and Monterey counties.

Romaine lettuce grown in Florida has not been implicated in this outbreak. Consumers should look for the Fresh From Florida label/logo or for romaine carrying a label indicated it was grown in Florida.

The FDA advises consumers not to eat romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas or these recalled products. See the full FDA advisory here.

LeMieux gives FFVA attendees a lively lesson in Florida history

Back in 1900, Florida was a backwater state filled with mosquitoes and swamps and a few hardy pioneer settlers.  Today, Florida is the nation’s third most populous state with 21 million residents, along with 126-plus million visitors who contribute to economic prosperity. 

At FFVA 2019’s traditional Cracker Breakfast, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux detailed the Sunshine State’s remarkable rise to prominence by telling stories from “Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State,” a book co-authored with journalist Laura Mize.

“Florida is really more of a country rather than a state,” said LeMieux, who is now chairman of the Florida-based Gunster law firm. “Most of us don’t know a lot about our history, especially in other parts of the state.”

LeMieux began is keynote talk with a quick sketch of Florida’s early history, beginning with Juan Ponce de Leon’s 1513 discovery of “La Florida” and the founding of St. Augustine 42 years before English settlers arrived at Jamestown in 1607.