The lettuce E Coli outbreak expands again as 31 more people have fallen ill. This makes the 3rd report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the tainted romaine lettuce. In the last week, 3 more states, Colorado, Georgia, and South Dakota have reported people becoming sick. Here are their recommendations.

  • Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
  • Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.
  • This advice 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 in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it.

The outbreak is complicated because the CDC can't identify a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand. The numbers are expected to grow as the CDC says it takes 2 to 3 weeks for them to get a report on someone becoming ill from the lettuce. The map below indicates where the largest outbreaks have been reported.

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