Coli outbreak warning extended to all types of romaine lettuce products

22 April, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Wilson Dawson
  • Staten Island Advance File

Federal and state health officials Friday expanded upon their earlier warnings this month that said an outbreak of E. coli had only been linked to chopped romaine lettuce from the Arizona region.

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.

No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified in the outbreak, CDC officials stated in reports.

The warning includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce, the CDC said.

HUDS, however, sources its lettuce from Salinas, Calif., a region unaffected by E. coli, Martin said.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. All contaminated lettuce was traced back to Yuma, Arizona, and the public is advised to not buy or consume romaine lettuce unless it can be confirmed that it was not grown in here.


Those case numbers are not yet included in the outbreak totals. Of the 31 people who have been hospitalized from the romaine lettuce outbreak, five had this complication. While the warnings focus on store-bought romaine lettuce, the warning does extend to all restaurants, as well.

CDC officials say the outbreak investigation is ongoing.

The illness has now sickened 53 people in 16 states, including seven people in New Jersey and 12 in Pennsylvania, according to the state Department of Health.

"Harvard University Dining Services romaine lettuce is NOT affected by the current recall".

State and local health officials are continuing to interview sick people to ask about the foods they ate and other exposures before they became ill.

Eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by E. coli bacteria may cause gastrointestinal distress.

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