Do not eat romaine lettuce following E.coli outbreak — CDC

Romaine Lettuce Warning: Throw Away All Heads of Lettuce Because of E. coli Illness Fears, CDC Says

CDC: Do not eat ANY Romaine lettuce amid E. coli outbreak

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a food safety alert, warning people across the United States to stop eating romaine lettuce and to get rid of any they may have already been purchased.

The CDC said it had not identified a "common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce". Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any until more is learned about the outbreak.

Flashback: Earlier this year, an outbreak of romaine lettuce lasted for four months from March to June, according to Vox.

She said washing contaminated lettuce won't ensure that harmful germs are killed. Recalls of products like romaine lettuce affect multiple items within our stores and it does take some time for items to be scanned out and removed. "So It's likely associated with end of season harvest in California", he said.

What the heck is going on with romaine lettuce?

It is not the same strain as the one from Yuma, Arizona, which sickened dozens earlier this year.

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We will update this story as more information becomes available. "Contact your healthcare provider if you have diarrhea that lasts for more than 3 days or is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool, or so much vomiting that you can not keep liquids down and you pass very little urine", says the agency.

The CDC says it's calling for people across the avoid romaine lettuce because it has not yet identified the source of the contaminated green. Children under age 5 and adults over age 65, along with people who have weakened immune systems, are most at risk for serious complications after ingesting the bacteria. "We're not sure what", said Luke LaBorde, Ph.D., from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. Health officials in both countries are receiving reports about people falling sick after eating romaine lettuce.

Six people have been hospitalized.

Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness. The FDA says it's working with officials in Canada, where officials are also warning against romaine lettuce.

"I think that the issue isn't that there's more unsafe food", Gottlieb said.

In all 50 states, the CDC has the capacity to do genomic testing on samples from infected patients (such as blood samples).

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