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CDC: Do not eat romaine lettuce following E.coli outbreak

CDC: It's safe to eat romaine lettuce again
Posted at 5:00 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 12:02:03-05

(WTXL) - Consumers, retailers, and restaurants are being told not to eat or sell any romaine lettuce after a recent outbreak of illness caused by E. coli.

Just days before Thanksgiving, the Center for Disease and Control is telling consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home to not eat it and throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. 

So far, 32 people have been infected by the outbreak in 11 different U.S. states. Thirteen people were hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

No deaths have been reported.

According to the CDC, the warning applies to all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. 

You're also warned to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. They said 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. 

The CDC is also advising restaurants and retailers to not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.  

For more information on the outbreak, click here