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Sherman restaurants remain wary of romaine

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A recall of romaine lettuce has been lifted for produce that wasn't grown in Central California. (KTEN) A recall of romaine lettuce has been lifted for produce that wasn't grown in Central California. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- The Food and Drug Administration now saying romaine lettuce is safe to eat -- as long as it wasn't grown in California's central coast.

"The romaine lettuce is an issue that's upset a lot of my customers," said  Gary Roberts of Sherman's Downtown Grilled Cheese Company. "We got them hooked on a salad called the 'Romaine Wedge,' and we haven't been able to have that for them. Of course, our customers have been understanding about it knowing what's going on, and that we don't want to hurt our customers in any way."

The romaine recall over E.coli contamination was announced just before Thanksgiving. It sickened at least 43 people in 12 states.

But even though the recall is now over, Sherman restaurants are still proceeding with caution.

"Until it's all clear, we will not be using it at all," said Micah Hayes of Sage Cafe. "We have been doing Caesar salads, but we use a leaf lettuce or something like that just in the place of it."

"We have taken all the romaine out, and we don't have any romaine in here until we get some more information," Roberts added.

The restaurants agree: They'd rather be safe than sorry.

"Customer safety is my top priority, and we're being cautious with other things also that have come out of that area that we've been notified about, such as avocados," Roberts said. "We ave used iceberg lettuce limited on some of our sandwiches, but we don't like to use the iceberg lettuce because we want to give something that has more flavor to it."

Lettuce entering the market will now have a label indicating where and when it was harvested.

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