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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

CDC Warns of Another E. coli Outbreak Related to Romaine Lettuce

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 5:06 PM

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  • Stay away from romaine lettuce.

Urging all of America to throw out any and all romaine lettuce immediately, the Center for Disease Control issued another outbreak alert for the leafy green.

"Thirty-two people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states," according the CDC's website. And cases started popping up as early as October 8. Thirteen people have been hospitalized thus far.

Because no source has been found, the organization is urging consumers and restaurants to take all precautionary measures:

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 should be tossed.

If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it, and throw it away. Don't forget to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

If you're getting déjà vu, you're not alone. Another major E. coli outbreak happened earlier this year, which led to 210 people infected (96 of those people were hospitalized) with the outbreak strain from 36 states.

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