Business & Economy

How SoCal businesses are handling a romaine lettuce outbreak

A man shops for vegetables near romaine lettuce for sale at a supermarket in California.
A man shops for vegetables near romaine lettuce for sale at a supermarket in California.
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When public health officials put out a food safety alert like the one currently in effect for romaine lettuce linked with E. coli, the chief concern is stopping the spread of illness. But businesses also take a hit.

SoCal grocers like Ralphs and Trader Joe's are pulling romaine lettuce from their shelves. Culver City-based salad chain Sweetgreen is taking it off the menu. And California farmers — who grow more than 70 percent of the lettuce consumed in the U.S. — are destroying crops.