Citing E. coli outbreak, US officials say don’t eat romaine


The specific strain detected in the current outbreak is related to a strain that infected people in 2017 in the USA and Canada, the CDC said.

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

'Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more, ' the agency said on Tuesday afternoon. No deaths have been reported. This outbreak is not related to a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce this summer.

The CDC issued an alert two days before the holiday warning that no romaine is safe to eat as an E. coli outbreak spreads, reports NBC News.

Illnesses started in October.

Americans are being advised to stay away from romaine lettuce until further notice due to a recent E. coli outbreak that has sickened 32 people in 11 states, including MA and New Hampshire. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce has been stored and follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

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Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.

"Most of the individuals who became sick in Ontario and Quebec reported eating romaine lettuce before their illnesses occurred", the release read.

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.

The CDC said they are investigating and information will be updated as more information becomes available.

Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.

The government agency issued an alert Tuesday afternoon explaining that as of November 20, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the illness - three in Ontario and 15 in Quebec.