Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
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CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

US health officials are telling people to avoid eating romaine lettuce because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 32 people in 11 states.

'Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more, ' the agency said on Tuesday afternoon.

But now, they aren't taking chances: the CDC said anyone with romaine at home should throw it away - even if you're not sure it's romaine but suspect it might be.

Additionally, you should make sure to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday said the public should not eat romaine lettuce as a result of a multistate E. coli outbreak.

No deaths have been reported, but 13 of the people who became sick in the USA were hospitalized.


"People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak", the federal agency said. So far, 32 people in 11 states have gotten sick, and 13 required hospitalization. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

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

Health experts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now advising that consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce, and said retailers and restaurants should not serve it, after 32 people became ill from E. coli between October 8 and October 31.

CDC is advising that consumers do not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Most people get better within 5 to 7 days.

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