CDC Warns Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce Amid Another E. coli Outbreak

CDC Outbreak Alert: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease control issued a warning today that no romaine lettuce should be consumed due to potential E. coli contamination.

So far, 32 people have been infected with the outbreak strain across 11 states, including 13 people who were hospitalized due to their ailment. So far, one person who ate contaminated food developed kidney failure; no one has died.

The advice applies to all types of romaine lettuce products including 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.

The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. No deaths have been reported, it said.

"Most of the romaine lettuce being harvested right now is coming from the California region, although there's some lettuce coming in from Mexico", he said. "This year, we're a month earlier, so we're earlier in the process, earlier in the throes of an outbreak", Gottlieb said.

If you don't know whether the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine lettuce, the CDC advises discarding it. Drawers and shelves where romaine lettuce was stored should be washed and sanitized.

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"Most of the individuals who became sick in Ontario and Quebec reported eating romaine lettuce before their illnesses occurred", the release read.

"The CDC is issuing an advisory for all romaine", Luedtke says.

Restaurants are also advised to avoid serving romaine lettuce in any form, be it full leaves, chopped, or otherwise. Authorities said the E. coli had been found in the water of a canal serving the area. Evidence from both the USA and Canadian outbreaks point toward romaine lettuce as the cause of both.

This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

No supplier, grower, or other source has been identified at this time.

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