November 20 2018

CDC Warns Consumers Against Eating Any Romain Lettuce After E. coli Reports


If you have any romaine lettuce in your fridge you should throw it out.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an advisory telling consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce as the agency investigates an outbreak of E. coli linked to the lettuce.

The CDC says 32 people have reported illnesses in 11 states and that 13 of those illnesses have required hospitalization. One person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. Fortunately no deaths have been reported.

The CDC says the illnesses started to be reported on October 8 in both the United States and Canada.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC says. “This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.”

Finally, people with symptoms of an E. coli infection, such as severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, and think you might have gotten sick from eating romaine lettuce, should talk to their doctor and report their illness to the health department.


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