CDC: One e. coli case in Louisiana from Romaine

Posted at 4:50 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 17:50:21-04

When the CDC on updated its "case map" showing the Americans who have been sickened with e. coli from Romaine lettuce this week, they added a case in Louisiana. 

Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

"Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region," the CDC warns. 

Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick, the CDC urges. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away, the CDC says. 

To read the full warning, click here