E coli Outbreak Hits 16 States – CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Recall
Throw away your romaine lettuce! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the recall on romaine lettuce after e coli outbreaks hit 16 states.
53 people from 16 states have been infected with E. coli, 31 being hospitalized, including five who have developed kidney failure.
The CDC expanded the recall to all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The 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. Since product labels often do not identify growing regions, any romaine lettuce should be trashed.
There have been no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand identified.