Is romaine lettuce safe to eat despite E. coli outbreak?

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Is romaine lettuce safe to eat despite E. coli outbreak?

The agency expanded its warning from just chopped romaine to any and all forms of the lettuce - whole romaine, romaine in mixed salads, etc.

Based on information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, DHS said people should not eat whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine due to an outbreak of E. coliO157.

Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

All 10 Idahoans who have become ill reported eating romaine lettuce in the 10 days prior to experiencing symptoms, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration say the Yuma, Arizona, growing region is the source, but no farm has been identified.

Of those who became ill with severe diarrhea and vomiting, 42 people have been hospitalized, including nine who developed a type of kidney failure. Anyone with these symptoms should see a health provider immediately and report their infection to local departments of health and social services. The E. coli lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections and have recovered over $650 million for clients. The most recent case involved a person becoming sick April 12, but the CDC notes that sicknesses since April 5 may not have been reported yet to authorities. To avoid becoming infected with a harmful strain, the CDC recommends using proper hygiene; cooking meat at proper temperatures; avoiding raw milk, unpasteurized dairy products and juices; and not swallowing water when swimming. "Washing it doesn't make it safe".

Although not one of those affected by the outbreak has died, nine patients developed a unsafe form of kidney failure, the agency said. No deaths have been reported.

"Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you're uncertain about where it was grown", the CDC said.

So, have they recalled romaine lettuce?

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.

IU Health Arnett Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Rebecca Finder thinks he made the right decision in throwing out the lettuce until he knew for sure.

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