Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Throw away all your romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from — CDC

Throw away all your romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from — CDC

Consumers are once again being advised to stay away from Romaine lettuce due to a multi-state outbreak of E. Coli.

The warning comes as romaine lettuce is linked to 32 cases of E. coli reported from 11 states.

The alert covers all forms of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of precut romaine, and salad mixes containing romaine.

Health Canada released public health notice to Canadians, warning consumers to avoid eating packaged romaine lettuce while an investigation into and outbreak of E. coli infections in Ontario, Quebec, and several US states continues.

Food regulators are urging Americans not to eat any romaine lettuce because of a new food poisoning outbreak.

In all reported cases so far, people were infected with E. coli in the month of October. As of Tuesday, the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce is not known, the CDC said.

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

The CDC says it's calling for people across the avoid romaine lettuce because it has not yet identified the source of the contaminated green. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

No romaine lettuce can be considered safe to eat in America, the CDC warned today.

Talk to your healthcare provider.

Report your illness to the health department.

The CDC said they are investigating and information will be updated as more information becomes available.

Officials say the symptoms of the infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C).

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