98 percent of romaine imported this year came from U.S.
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tightening import controls on romaine lettuce from the United States and Canada and advises the public not to consume the raw vegetable due to a case of E. coli contamination in the U.S.
From Friday until December 7, batches of romaine imported from the two North American countries will have to be accompanied by a safety certificate or they will be stopped at the border, the Apple Daily reported.
Officially, the FDA has issued a yellow alert for the vegetable, meaning it is “suspicious but without immediate danger,” according to the Central News Agency.
No cases of infections by the E. coli bacteria have been recorded in Taiwan for the past three years, officials said. [FULL STORY]