The CDC is urging you to throw away your romaine lettuce. It's simply not safe to eat.

The CDC is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections linked to romaine lettuce. A new outbreak has sickened 32 people in 11 states, 13 have been hospitalized, and one person is suffering from a form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any until they learn more about the outbreak. They say "consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. This includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad." 

    • If you had romaine lettuce in your refrigerator, you should wash and sanitize drawers and shelves where romaine was stored.
    • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

Earlier this year, contaminated romaine killed five people, sickened 210 people in 36 states and was traced back to Yuma, Arizona.


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