Published: Tue, April 24, 2018
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CDC: Don't eat romaine lettuce

CDC: Don't eat romaine lettuce

According to the CDC, more than fifty people across sixteen states have been infected with this particular strain of E.Coli as of April 20.

On Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its warning from just chopped romaine to any and all forms of the lettuce - whole romaine, romaine in mixed salads, etc.

USA health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states. Thirty-one of those have been hospitalized, the CDC said, and although no one has died, five people have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Consumers became ill after eating heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing area, according to the CDC.

Health officials are recommending you throw away any romaine lettuce you have in your home.


In a recent study, researchers tried washing E. coli off of romaine lettuce and other leafy greens.

US health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned restaurants not to serve it amid an E. coli outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in several states.

However, those numbers do not yet include a group of people who got sick after eating contaminated lettuce at a correctional facility in Alaska. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Steve Alameda, president of the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association, which represents local growers, said the outbreak has weighed heavily on him and other farmers. It can cause diarrhea, blood in feces, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever.

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