That horrific E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce was probably caused by cow poop

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It's now been some time since the growing season for romaine lettuce in the Yuma, Arizona, region came to a close, and it was a pretty interesting year for farmers in the area. In May, tainted lettuce claimed dozens of victims, and by the time things began to calm down the bad veggies had sent nearly 100 people to the hospital and caused five deaths. Now, officials are finally gaining some ground on their investigation into the cause of the contamination.

According to a new update by the FDA, health and food safety officials have discovered that canal water in the region is coming up positive for the same strain of E. coli that was present in the lettuce. That's a huge red flag, and it's now thought that a nearby cattle mega-facility may be involved.

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