Don't eat romaine lettuce open line

Cheryl Sanders
April 22, 2018

All United States citizens are advised to refrain from the purchase of the above salad, and bought sheets to throw away.

Consumers should not buy or eat romaine lettuce, either at a grocery store, deli, or restaurant, unless you can confirm it is not from Yuma, Arizona.

Yuma County is responsible for 90 percent of all leafy vegetables grown in the US, from November to March, according to the county's Chamber of Commerce .

More than 50 people have become sick in an outbreak of E. coli food poisoning linked to romaine lettuce and now several people in Alaska have also gotten ill, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new warning.

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Most people recover within one week although some illnesses can be more severe, resulting in a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

The FDA recommends that consumers ask grocers, restaurants, and other food service establishments where their romaine lettuce originated, and avoid any romaine lettuce, whether chopped, whole head or hearts, that originated from Yuma.

Previous warnings only applied to chopped romaine sold by itself or as part of salads and salad mixes.

Although the exact source hasn't been identified, federal health officials have said information indicates that the contaminated lettuce was grown in the Yuma, Ariz., area. No deaths have been reported. "At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified", an update warning issued by the CDC read.

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The latest warning came after eight prisoners at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, came down with acute gastroenteritis caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli) O157:H7 bacteria. If you think you have been sickened from food, contact your local health professional. Over to you, what's cooking? Cook ground beef and pork to at least 160˚F.

Don't cross-contaminate food preparation areas.

Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, unless the package says the contents have been washed. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.

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