Coli outbreak warning extended to all types of romaine lettuce products

Coli outbreak warning extended to all types of romaine lettuce products

Coli outbreak warning extended to all types of romaine lettuce products

No romaine lettuce, in any form, grown in the Yuma, Arizona, area is completely safe from E. coli, federal officials warn as the disease outbreak grows to affect more than 50 people nationwide.

The agency said 53 people in 16 states have become infected with E. coli from lettuce.

The CDC warning, due to an outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce, has been expanded to include all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area.

Consumers as well as restaurants and retailers are advised to throw away any lettuce if they can't confirm where it's from.

"Harvard University Dining Services romaine lettuce is NOT affected by the current recall".

"HUDS purchases all its produce through Costa Fruit & Produce in Chelsea, MA", she added. As of yet, the infected states include: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska. The condition requires hospitalization and although most patients will recover, some may experience permanent kidney damage or die.

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Romaine lettuce is sometimes packed in the field and shipped directly to restaurants or grocery stores. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

No specific grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified at this time.

The FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available.

The CDC advises that consumers who have symptoms of STEC infection should contact their health care provider to report their symptoms and receive care.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Of the hospitalizations, five patients developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

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