CDC issues strong new warning about romaine lettuce

FILE- A romaine lettuce field near San Luis Ariz

FILE- A romaine lettuce field near San Luis Ariz

Romaine lettuce may be linked to recent E. coli infections, Consumer Reports warns.

After a big, multistate outbreak of E. coli, the CDC is urging Americans to throw out any romaine lettuce they have purchased.

At the time of this publication, 53 cases, 31 hospitalizations, but no deaths, were reported across 16 states.

The CDC also said restaurants and retailers shouldn't sell or serve lettuce from the Yuma area. Therefore, consumers should throw out any romaine lettuce in their homes, even if partially eaten, and avoid eating romaine at restaurants unless the establishment can confirm that the lettuce is not from Yuma.

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"Based on new information from Alaska, CDC is expanding its warning to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region", the CDC said in its update.

The warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, as well as chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine. However, most lettuce in the United States does not carry location identification any more specific than country of origin, so it's unlikely that consumers have any way to know where their romaine is from.

The warning stems after investigators discovered that inmates from the facility in Alaska grew to become ill immediately after ingesting lettuce "from the region that was affected; out of heads of romaine lettuce & rdquo, " the CDC explained. Ask the waiter if the romaine lettuce is coming from the Yuma area.

One case has been found in IL so far.

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Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea that can be bloody, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

Stay away from romaine lettuce.

McDonald's in Nogales and Green Valley said Friday they are not serving salads because of the outbreak.

Most people recover within one week. "E. coli can cause serious illness, so it is critical that everyone take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease".

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The CDC said that investigation of the outbreak is ongoing. You can get exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food, or through contact with fecal material from people or animals. Romaine lettuce for sale in California.

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