Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its romaine lettuce recall amid an outbreak of E. coli linked to the vegetable from Yuma, a growing region located in south Arizona.

The FDA recommends that consumers ask grocers, restaurants, and other food service establishments where their romaine lettuce originated, and avoid any romaine lettuce, whether chopped, whole head or hearts, that originated from Yuma.

Since no single grower, brand, or distributor has been implicated in the outbreak, consumers should also dispose of any store-bought romaine lettuce they already have at home, the advisory says.

The CDC had originally traced the outbreak - which has sickened at least 53 people across 16 states - specifically to chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Ariz., region. Zero deaths have been reported.

The CDC advises everybody to avoid buying or eating romaine lettuce from a grocery store or restaurant unless the romaine is known to not be from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. "If you can not determine the source of your romaine lettuce, throw it away and don't eat it", the FDA warns.

The different ways that romaine lettuce is harvested could make identifying the specific origin of contamination more hard, Marler said.

The outbreak in New Jersey and other states has caused 31 hospitalizations, including three people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, the CDC reported.

Romaine lettuce is sometimes packed in the field and shipped directly to restaurants or grocery stores.

The current outbreak is not related to a recent multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections from November to December 2017 linked to consumption of leafy greens. The condition requires hospitalization and although most patients will recover, some may experience permanent kidney damage or die.

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