Americans told to toss romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak grows

Americans told to toss romaine lettuce as E. coli outbreak grows

Ronald Pratt
April 22, 2018

The agency said 53 people in 16 states have become infected with E. coli from lettuce, 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, while no deaths have been reported. If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. Further, if the romaine lettuce has an unknown source, the CDC recommends not eating the product and throwing it away even if no one has gotten sick or if it has already been partially eaten.

Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten.

While the lettuce has been infected with E.Coli in the US - in an outbreak that has sent 31 people to hospital in recent weeks - no traces of the bacteria appears to have affected Canadian produce, the agency said.

The CDC said it did not have the number of sick people in Alaska yet, and it can not say for sure where the contaminated lettuce came from precisely. Salad mixes with pieces of romaine should also be discarded.

No specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time.

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The CDC sent out this missive at 4PM EST on the 20th of April and immediately warns consumers and service industry members that are in possession of Romaine lettuce to throw it away.

The same advice goes for consumers, as the CDC advises consumers from anywhere in the United States to not buy or consume any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona region. As of yet, the infected states include: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.

It can take weeks to track down the source of a food poisoning outbreak.

She said the food-borne bacteria cause severe abdominal cramping, diarrhea (sometimes bloody), vomiting, and sometimes fever within one to 10 days of exposure.