Sunday 9 December, 2018

E Coli outbreak: US consumers advised to stop eating Romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) is advising US consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce.

This, as 11 states have reported an E Coli outbreak across the United States which is believed to have been spread by the lettuce.

"CDC is advising that US consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available," the CDC said in an advisory today

The CDC said consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

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.

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. Wash and sanitise drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine," the CDC advised.

The CDC said 32 people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states. Thirteen people were hospitalised, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018.

Eighteen people in Canada were also infected. 

CDC is advising that consumers do not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

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