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Local restaurant works to reassure customers amid romaine lettuce issues

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The E.coli outbreak connected to tainted romaine lettuce from Arizona has now reached 22 states. 

The CDC continues it's warning today against eating all romaine.

There are no confirmed cases in Massachusetts, but the owner of a popular East Longmeadow restaurant isn't taking any chances.

Like many restaurants, romaine lettuce is a staple for many dishes at Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow.

"It's a big part of our menu mix, obviously salads, especially as we move into spring and summer, the volume goes way up," said Bill Collins with Center Square Grill.

Collins told Western Mass News that they received word of the E.coli tainted romaine on day one.

"The supplier issues a warning and a notice and a recall on any product that could have been from Arizona.  Thank God all of our stuff comes from California.  We were assured the moment that this notice came out and it's something that we have on deck to show our customers if they're concerned as well," Collins explained.  

The CDC warned restauranteurs and consumers to stay away from all romaine lettuce unless they're certain it's not from Arizona.  

E.coli is a bacterium that can be present in animal or human feces.

The latest numbers from the CDC: nearly 100 people sick and just about half of those hospitalized, including ten battling kidney failure traced to that tainted romaine.

"It's really the restaurant owners due diligence to reach out to their suppliers and make sure the product that we're serving we're serving responsibly," Collins added.

As for concerns from patrons, "Less then you think.  We were almost notifying people more then they were asking," Collins said.

The CDC said that this particular strain of E.coli produces a toxin that causes severe symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhea and can lead to kidney failure. 

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