Google trends for today at 2 p.m. entral , May 7, rates “romaine lettuce recall 2010” hotness quotient as “on fire. "Romaine lettuce recall 2010" ranked as the number three search after Starlin Castro and Playtex bras and the number four hot topic,  behind the UK election result, Times Square suspicious package and Gulf oil spill.

Google reports related searches include :  freshway foods, lettuce recall, wall street, pampers recall, lettuce
Peak activity occurred about 11 a.m. central time, with most search activity coming (6%) coming from  New York, N.Y.

Here is a blog post  from the PersonalMoneyStore about the romaine recall:

From the blog:

Romaine lettuce recall 2010 affects shredded romaine

The romaine lettuce recall 2010 announced yesterday evening includes only shredded romaine lettuce. Any Freshway Foods shredded romaine with a “use by” date after May 12 should be thrown out. Additionally, grab-and-go salads from in-store salad bars at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh stores should not be eaten. Other suppliers of romaine lettuce and other fresh greens are not included in the lettuce recall. It appears the recalled lettuce was grown in Arizona and shipped to wholesalers across the country.

Calls for stronger food safety after romaine lettuce recall 2010

The romaine lettuce recall 2010 has once again raised calls for stronger food-safety regulation. Last year, the House passed a bill that gave the FDA stronger food-regulation powers, but the Senate has yet to vote on the bill. E. Coli infections are usually found in undercooked meat, but because lettuce and other greens are not usually cooked, there is no way for the infection to be killed. Thorough washing and proper storage help minimize the risk.

Why stronger regulations may hurt, even with lettuce recall

The lettuce recall, like spinach and fresh greens recalls before it, has raised questions of food safety. Though many often call for “stronger regulation” to “protect food safety” after lettuce recalls, there is an argument against this stronger regulation. This lettuce recall originated with a large grower who grows hundreds of thousands of acres of lettuce and ships it across the country. Stronger regulation on food tends to favor mega-food companies who can afford the new inspections, equipment or processes required. Small growers, who are not usually at fault for issues like the lettuce recall, are usually pushed out of business. Stronger across-the-board regulation, unless written carefully, tends to make the problem worse by pushing out small growers.

What to do about the romaine lettuce recall 2010

If you think the lettuce recall affects you, then contact your local health department. Do not eat the products implicated in the lettuce recall. Thoroughly wash and properly store all greens. The good news is that the lettuce recall affects a relatively small percentage of the lettuce available in the United States – and no other greens or growers have been shown to be unsafe in this lettuce recall. If you are concerned about possibly eating romaine lettuce recall 2010 lettuce, give mescalun greens a try — or iceburg, or spinach, or raddicio or even rocket lettuce.

Here are some Tweets about romaine today from various tweeters (names removed):

Unopened Romaine Lettuce. Is it a waste?

 Just a heads up Folks, we are ALL OVER the romaine lettuce recall in Indiana, we use organic, so our Chop Salad is A.O.K. #KNOWYOURFOOD

G@@**, i just ate romaine lettuce last night.

Romaine recall does not affect Washington; you can safely eat your salad today:

Is an Arizona farm to blame for the widespread E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce? The #recall affects 23 states ... about 1 minute ago reply

what kind of lettuce was it!? Was it romaine? Was it bagged?

Lettuce Be Careful: E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Romaine Recall

Finally, it can be safely assumed that the romaine recall will only add to the momentum to pass a food safety bill. Rep. DeLauro's reaction to romaine recall:

E. Coli outbreak sickens at least 19 people in 23 states
Washington, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) issued the following statement today responding to a recall of lettuce sold by Freshway Foods. The lettuce, which was sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands, may be contaminated with E. Coli and is being recalled in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

At least 19 people have been sickened, with 10 more cases probably linked to the outbreak. Of these individuals, 12 have been hospitalized, three with life-threatening symptoms. Among those affected are students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y.

“It is extremely disappointing that this outbreak is occurring during a time when food safety legislation is stalled in the Senate.  The food safety reform bill that passed the House last year, and the bill pending before the Senate, includes provisions on preventive controls and interventions for produce that are intended to avert outbreaks like this.  It is absolutely critical that the Senate act immediately to pass the food safety reform bill.”

“Because this shredded lettuce was sold to a variety of retail outlets, such as in-store salad bars and delis, it would be very difficult for consumers to know whether they are eating the contaminated lettuce.  Effective and timely communication is critical to preventing additional infections.”