Don’t eat any romaine lettuce, CDC warns, as E. coli outbreak grows

Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat after being linked to a multi-state E. coli outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

It advised anyone who had stored romaine lettuce in their refrigerator to wash down the shelves where the leaves had been kept. One person in CT was reported by the FDA to have been made sick.

Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is known about the outbreak. The last reported US illness was on October 31, while and the most recent illness in Canada was early this month.

But unlike with romaine lettuce, regulators are not warning people to avoid turkey.

New fears of an E. coli outbreak forced the CDC to advise all Americans to throw out their romaine lettuce.

This after the CDC compiled 32 confirmed cases of the bacteria in across 11 states and Canada.

All types and brands of romaine lettuce are suspect because no common grower, supplier, distributor or source company has been identified by the CDC.

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

This strain, E. coli O157:H7, resembles an outbreak among leafy green vegetables in fall 2017, the FDA reported.

That outbreak investigation was declared closed in February 2018 after nearly two months during which no illnesses were reported and various romaine lettuce samples tested negative for E. coli. "Investigators are using evidence collected in both outbreaks to help identify the possible cause of the contamination in these events".

Officials say the symptoms of the infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and bloody diarrhea. This spring, more than 210 people were sickened and five died in the largest E. coli outbreak in more than a decade.

Children under the age of 5 years, adults older than 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop severe illness.

  • Santos West