CDC Issues Nationwide Recall on Romaine Lettuce For E. Coli Outbreak

November 20, 2018

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement warning US consumers not to eat romaine lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.

32 people in the US have contracted the strain, with 13 of them being hospitalized in 11 states (California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin). One patient reportedly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a potentially life-threatening type of kidney failure.

Canada's Public Health Agency has also reported 18 people that have contracted the same E. coli strain.

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has been investigating the E. coli outbreak and cautions consumers, regardless if they ate some and did not get sick, to throw away any romaine lettuce they may have at home.