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CDC continues warning of e-coli in romaine lettuce

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2018 file photo, romaine lettuce sits on the shelves as a shopper walks through the produce area of an Albertsons market in Simi Valley, Calif. After repeated food poisoning outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce, the produce industry is confronting the failure of its own safety measures in preventing contaminations. The latest outbreak underscores the challenge of eliminating risk for vegetables grown in open fields and eaten raw. It also highlights the role of nearby cattle operations and the delay of stricter federal food safety regulations. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced nine more people have reported illness from bad lettuce linked to a recall.

The CDC first reported an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce on November 26. Since then, 52 people in the United States have been infected in 15 different states, including Michigan.

So far 19 people have been hospitalized, and two have developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

Symptoms of the E coli infection, according to the CDC, include:

  • Watery of bloody diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

The current strain of E. coli in the outbreak can cause more severe illness. Most people infected, though, report getting better within five to seven days.


The CDC updated their warning for romaine lettuce saying not to eat products from the California counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.

US officials: It's OK to eat some romaine, look for labels

Romaine lettuce harvested from other regions is not related to the outbreak, according to the FDA.

Now, romaine lettuce entering the market will be labeled with a harvest location and date. If your lettuce does not have these markings, the FDA said to throw it out.

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