CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

Consumers are also advised to throw away any romaine lettuce in their refrigerator. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown.

Across 11 states, 32 people have become sick, including 13 people who needed hospitalization, the CDC said.

Officials were uncertain of the source of the tainted lettuce. One of the hospitalized people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. The last reported USA illness was on October 31, while and the most recent illness in Canada was early this month.

This strain, E. coli O157:H7, resembles an outbreak among leafy green vegetables in fall 2017, the FDA reported.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, which is investigating 18 of the E coli cases, directed its romaine lettuce alert at consumers in Ontario and Quebec.

CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat, should be thrown away immediately

In all previous outbreaks this year - which resulted in five deaths - the agency has been careful with its wording, saying officials couldn't be sure which romaine we should be concerned about.

The new warning includes all kinds of romaine lettuce, including whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of pre-cut romaine, as well as salad mixes containing romaine.

We will update this story as more information becomes available. As of Tuesday, the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce is not known, the CDC said.

If you were planning to make a salad for Thanksgiving, it's probably best you steer clear of romaine lettuce.

Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick. California and MI have the most reported cases (10 and 7, respectively). Those most at risk for developing serious complications are pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, young children and seniors.

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