Here's another reason to know the source of your food. New York is one of eleven states reporting an E Coli outbreak connected to chopped romaine lettuce. The scariest part, the CDC has been unable to find a common grower, supplier, or brand associated with the outbreak.

So far 11 states, including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut, have reported illnesses connected to the tainted lettuce. 35 people have reported becoming sick, 22 of them have been hospitalized. Those numbers include 2 in New York and Connecticut, 3 or more in New Jersey and 8 or more in Pennsylvania.

The only common connection to the lettuce is it was grown in the Yuma, AZ region. The CDC's advise is to toss any chopped romaine lettuce unless you know where it came from.

Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away.

Officials suggest throwing the lettuce away even if you have consumed a portion, as it can take up to 3 days for symptoms to appear. Read more on the outbreak and get updates at the CDC's website.


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