If your dishes for this Thanksgiving include a salad, you should be very careful that the mixture does not carry romaine lettuce, because the authorities have launched a health warning about the dangerous outbreak of a bacterium.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that consumers do not eat romaine lettuce and that retailers and restaurants do not serve or sell anything until more is investigated about an E. coli outbreak.
” Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if they have already eaten it and nobody has fallen ill,” the CDC warns.
The warning includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as romaine lettuce heads, romaine lettuce hearts, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce, as well as salad mixes containing romaine lettuce such as spring mix and Caesar salad. According to the CDC, 32 people have been infected by this outbreak of E. coli in 11 states between October 8 and October 31.
CDC says don’t eat romaine lettuce as another E. coli outbreak
In total, 13 people were hospitalized due to this bacterium, including a person with the hemolytic-uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, although no deaths were recorded. Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, warned US consumers the Center for Disease Control.
- The CDC notified consumers to throw away the romaine lettuce they had already purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it and people should not buy it, no matter where or when it was purchased. The CDC alert was issued just two days before Americans sit down to the dinner table for Thanksgiving.
Do not eat any romaine lettuce, FDA warns
The centers reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated lettuce. Of which 13 were hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that 18 people were infected with the same strain of E. coli. If you do not know if the lettuce is Roman or if a salad mix contains romaine lettuce, do not eat it and discard it.
Americans, Canadians are warned: Don’t eat romaine lettuce
Five people died in the most recent major outbreak of contaminated Roman, which lasted from March to June of this year and resulted in 210 cases in 36 states. That outbreak goes back to the growing region of Yuma, Arizona, but the researchers never conclusively determined the precise source.
The last outbreak was due to a strain that has the same genetic fingerprint that caused a series of leafy green diseases last year in both the US and Canada. That outbreak was declared in January.