Coli on romaine lettuce sickens 32

CDC Outbreak Alert: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce

CDC Outbreak Alert: Do Not Eat Any Romaine Lettuce

Federal food safety officials have warned consumers to stay away from romaine lettuce after another deadly E. coli outbreak across North America.

Thirty-two people, including 13 who have been hospitalized, have been infected with the outbreak strain in 11 states, according to the CDC.

One of those had suffered kidney failure.

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.

That includes all types of romaine lettuce, including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags or boxes of pre-cut lettuce.

If you have any romaine in your home, you should throw it away, even if some of it was already eaten and you did not get sick, the CDC says.

In addition, anyone who has romaine lettuce should sanitize drawers and shelves of refrigerators where it was stored.

No deaths have so far been reported.

Irrespective of all the people on Twitter making amusing puns like "lettuce romaine calm", this is pretty serious stuff.




The contaminations were believed to have occurred between October 8 and October 31.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

Lowrie says consumers may return romaine lettuce or items that contain it for a full refund.

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

When can we add romaine back to our salads?

Frustration: The E. coli is tied to romaine lettuce, but they haven't identified a specific grower.

Where: The E. coli has been reported in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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