CDC Issues E. Coli Warning in Romaine Lettuce After 53 People Have Been Infected In 16 States

One week after 200 million eggs were recalled, the CDC has issued an E. Coli warning to all types of romaine lettuce grown from the Yuma, Arizona region. More than 50 people have been infected in 16 states including California, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

From the CDC website:

  • CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
  • Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps which can last for up to 10 days. Infections usually take up to 5 days to develop from the time you eat the germ. At its worst, it can cause kidney failure.

In general, to avoid E. coli, wash your hands regularly and thoroughly, cook meat completely, thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables, avoid raw milk and don’t prepare food when you’re sick. If you find yourself sick, write down what you’ve eaten, contact your doctor and report your illness to your local health department.

Pos’tiv and Kosher Gardens have put out statements saying their romaine lettuce originate from Mexico and have no connection to the E. Coli outbreak. You can confidently eat and enjoy lettuce from these two brands.

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