Coli linked to chopped Romaine lettuce

35 sick from E. Coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce

Of the eight infected, three people were hospitalized and two have developed kidney failure. Sixty-nine percent of ill people are female.

States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI. People in the previous outbreak were infected with a different DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. If you can not determine the source of your chopped romaine lettuce, do not sell or serve it. This percentage is significantly higher than results from a survey [787 KB] of healthy people in which 46% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed. Restaurants and stores are advised not to serve or sell chopped romaine lettuce. The restaurants said they used bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make the salads.

Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. In addition, they should not buy or eat it if they can not confirm the source. This weekend stores here in Page had signs about the information and their pre-made salads were almost sold out- the CDC says the bags of pre-made salad containing romaine are not considered safe either so be on the safe side and toss in the trash and not in a salad.

The CDC has not been able to identify a common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce. "FDA should just advise consumers to avoid romaine lettuce until further notice". Our lawyers represent clients and families of children sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against retailers, grocery stores, food processors, restaurants, daycare centers, schools, and others.

This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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