Good news for romaine lettuce lovers: after an E. coli outbreak that sickened 172 people, the CDC says romaine lettuce is now safe to eat.

The affected lettuce was grown in one area in Arizona, but the growing season in that area is now over. That means that lettuce you find in stores and are served in restaurants is safe to eat. 

The CDC says "the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018, and the harvest season is over. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region is still available in people’s homes, stores, or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life. The most recent illnesses reported to CDC started when romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region was likely still available in stores, restaurants, and in peoples’ homes."

You should still take steps to thoroughly wash any lettuce that you prepare at home, regardless of the status of this outbreak.