“Guarded optimism.” That’s the way Elston Grubaugh, general manager of the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in the eastern Yuma, AZ, growing area describes his thoughts about the current romaine lettuce season.

In 2018, an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma area sickened 210 people and killed five. Reported in 36 states, it was the largest outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 the United States had seen in 10 years. 


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