Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

Apr 22, 2018, 01:42
Stay Away From All Forms of Romaine Lettuce, CDC Warns

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.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified that the contaminated lettuce comes from the Yuma region, it has warned consumers that most package labels do not identifying growing regions. However, the CDC said unless you can confirm where the lettuce is from, it should be thrown away.

The different ways that romaine lettuce is harvested could make identifying the specific origin of contamination more hard, Marler said.

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"HUDS purchases all its produce through Costa Fruit & Produce in Chelsea, MA", she added. The condition requires hospitalization and although most patients will recover, some may experience permanent kidney damage or die.

The CDC reports that 53 people in 16 states have become ill.

Romaine lettuce is sometimes packed in the field and shipped directly to restaurants or grocery stores.

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

No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has yet been identified. "This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine", the CDC said in a statement on Friday, April 20.

The FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available.

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Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Infections start when someone swallows a tiny amount of human or animal feces through a variety of ways, including contaminated food, consumption of unpasteurized (raw) milk, unclean water or contact with the feces of infected people. The CDC says people in the previous outbreak were infected with a different DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

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