State health officials are advising DE residents to avoid eating chopped romaine lettuce, as several nearby states including Pennsylvania have seen E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce grown in Arizona. You might also want to rethink this menu option.
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You may have noticed, it's been hard to find romaine lettuce at stores or restaurants this week. Until investigators can find the exact supplier or grower, local families will continue to do their best to keep their bodies and families safe.
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Now that it's April, most romaine lettuce comes from California.
In addition to working with providers to investigate possible illness, public health authorities are asking restaurants and retailers to determine the source of any romaine lettuce and not serve or sell it.
In an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee's across the state pulled all Romaine lettuce products from shelves until they can verify where their lettuce was grown.
Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.