Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers

Lettuce Lover? CDC Updates Advice To Consumers

That was the message Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and if not exactly a thundering signal of "all clear", it's pretty close. So, it should no longer be in stores and restaurants because of its three-week shelf life.

Unless you know where the lettuce came from, consumers anywhere in the USA who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away.

This nasty outbreak has infected 172 people across 32 states, according to the CDC.

Since 1995, there have been 78 outbreaks linked to leafy greens, he said. It is unlikely that any romaine lettuce from the Yuma area still is available in people's homes, stores or restaurants due to its 21-day shelf life.

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The CDC said 20 people had developed a severe outcome of E. coli infection called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

While most strains of the bacteria E. coli are harmless, others can cause serious illness.

The Food and Drug Administration identified one farm, Harrison Farms, as the source of the whole-head romaine lettuce that sickened several people at a correctional facility in Alaska; however, the agency doesn't know where in the supply chain the contamination occurred. Those states include Colorado, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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