CDC: Do No Eat Any Romaine Lettuce!

November 21, 2018

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One thing you'll want to avoid on Thanksgiving is romaine lettuce. In fact the Centers For Disease Control issued says you shouldn't consume any romaine lettuce for the foreseeable future as an E. coli outbreak spreads. The alert says at least 32 people in 11 states have gotten sick, and 13 required hospitalization. It doesn't matter where the romaine is from or even if you or a loved one has eaten some and not gotten sick. The advice from the CDC is to get rid of it immediately. This includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. In fact, the alert includes advice on how to clean your refrigerator if romaine has been inside, which is to empty your refrigerator, wash shelving, drawers, and any other removable parts by hand with warm, soapy water and dry with a clean cloth. You can use a solution of 1 tablespoon of liquid bleach in 1 gallon of water to sanitize your refrigerator. Do this after cleaning it with warm, soapy water. The unusual warning stems as no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified. This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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