Using local produce may prevent bacteria from spreading


An Albuquerque business says using local produce may prevent bacteria like E-coli spreading. 

The U.S Centers for Disease Control reports 35 cases of E-coli illness in 11 states since last month. 

Health officials say the cases are linked to an outbreak in Romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona area. 

Owners of El Pinto say they grow their own lettuce and that helps prevent contamination that can happen when food is shipped. 

“A lot of the time those things happen from transporting and storage, it gives it time to grow. Where if you had it right there and pulling it out of the ground and taking it to the kitchen and washing it,” said Jim Thomas, owner of El Pinto.

No illnesses are reported in New Mexico, but officials say they have not identified a grower or distributor. 

They say you should not eat Romaine lettuce unless you know it is not from the affected area.

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