Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers

Leslie Hanson
May 17, 2018

Iowa, Nebraska and OR newly joined the list of 39 states that have reported illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. "You can't be sure it isn't in people's refrigerators, restaurants and stores".

According to the DHS website, nationwide, 149 people from 29 states have been infected. Seventy-five people have been hospitalized.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 13, 2018 to May 2, 2018.

Who doesn't? There is no need to freak out about the recent E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona.

The 32 states involved in the outbreak are: Alaska (8), Arizona (8), California (39), Colorado (3), CT (2), Florida (1), Georgia (4), Idaho (11), IL (2), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), MA (3), MI (5), Minnesota (12), MS (1), Missouri (1), Montana (8), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (8), NY (5), North Dakota (2), OH (6), OR (1), Pennsylvania (21), South Dakota (1), Tennessee (3), Texas (1), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (7), Wisconsin (3). He has six cases open at the moment, against establishments in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and California, including Panera Bread and Red Lobster. Most strains of E. coli are harmless and serve an important role in the digestive system. Other E. coli can leave the intestines and cause infections in other sites of the body such as urinary tract infections, blood stream infections and respiratory illnesses. The Health Department may never be able to pinpoint the specific source of the infection.

According to the FDA, the last shipments of romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region were harvested on April 16, 2018, and the harvest season is over.

This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and any salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Health officials say people shouldn't eat romaine lettuce unless they know it's not from Yuma.

Please visit the CDC website for more information on this multi-state outbreak as well as recommendations to restaurants, retailers, and clinicians.

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