CDC Warns of E. Coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce


CDC Warns of E. Coli Outbreak in Romaine Lettuce

The agency is warning retailers and restaurants not to serve romaine lettuce; source of outbreak is unknown.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning yesterday of a multistate E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce.

The CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until the agency learns more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing.

Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad.

The agency advises to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

Thirty-two people have been infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, reported from 11 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC is advising that consumers do not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.