In a breaking news update from the CDC, the outbreak of E. Coli previously reported to only include chopped lettuce in bagged salad mixes is now being expanded to include all romaine lettuce, especially lettuce originating from Yuma, Arizona.
More than 50 people across the country have been hospitalized due to this outbreak, and the CDC is recommending that consumers do not eat or buy romaine lettuce from stores. If you have any romaine lettuce in your fridge, we recommend tossing it out. It’s not worth the risk.
The CDC has also requested that stores and restaurants stop selling or preparing dishes that include romaine lettuce in any form until the crises is over.
The following includes the latest updates from the CDC:
- Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
- Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
- Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
- Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
- The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
Comment below if you purchased or have eaten romaine lettuce recently. Have you had any symptoms lately? Let us know below.