CDC warns against eating romaine lettuce due to E. coli outbreak

What we had for dinner last week….. No we are not dead yet, but there is no need to test this one.


Romaine lettuce could be contaminated and should be thrown away, CDC advises. (karandaev/iStock)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned consumers not to eat romaine lettuce, saying it is unsafe due to an outbreak of illnesses from a particularly dangerous type of E. coli contamination.

The CDC said consumers should throw away any romaine they have already purchased, and refrain from buying more until the alert is lifted. Restaurants are advised not to serve the lettuce, and stores are on notice not to sell it.

The warning applies to all romaine lettuce, no matter where it was grown.

Thirty-two people in 11 states have fallen ill from eating contaminated romaine.

Thirteen of them have been hospitalized, one with a form of kidney failure. Eighteen people in Canada have been infected with the same strain of E. coli.

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