Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

CDC: Do not eat any romaine lettuce

CDC: Do not eat any romaine lettuce

"This advice 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".

It doesn't matter where the romaine is from or even if you or a loved one has eaten some and not gotten sick. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce has been stored and follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator. No deaths have been reported.

"People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak", the federal agency said. The outbreak has sickened at least 32 people from 11 states, including 13 who needed to be hospitalized.

This investigation is ongoing, and the CDC will provide more information as it becomes available. "This takes an average of two to three weeks", the CDC said.

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In the meantime, CDC officials say consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants should not serve any romaine lettuce.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency didn't have enough information to request suppliers issue a recall, but he said supermarkets and restaurants should withdraw romaine products until the contamination can be identified. The last reported illness was on October 31.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. This outbreak is not related to a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer. This year has been absolutely brutal for anyone who enjoys a good salad, with the CDC issuing alert after alert warning people not to eat lettuce grown from certain regions or purchased during certain time frames in specific areas.

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