Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

U.S. customers advised to throw away romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

U.S. customers advised to throw away romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

No romaine lettuce, in any form, grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area is completely safe from E. coli, federal officials warn as the disease outbreak grows to affect more than 50 people nationwide.

An E. coli outbreak stemming from romaine lettuce has affected 53 people across 16 states, according to CNN.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new consumer advisory: do not buy or eat romaine lettuce, unless you can confirm that it does not come from Yuma, AZ. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away".

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The first reports of illness in March were linked only to chopped romaine lettuce.

"HUDS purchases all its produce through Costa Fruit & Produce in Chelsea, MA", she added.

At that time, ill people were not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine.

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Friday broadened a health-related warning regarding infected lettuce, pointing out individuals ought to stay clear of full heads as well as hearts of romaine lettuce which could have originated from the Yuma area of Arizona. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. The CDC has yet to narrow down the contaminated lettuce to a particular brand, common grower, supplier, or distributor.

The FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available. Symptoms of infection include bad stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. More serious infections may lead to complications including a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, according to the CDC.

Other E. coli cases included in the outbreak have occurred in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, according to the CDC.

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