CDC: Romaine lettuce E.coli Outbreak update – 98 sickened, why no recall?

Posted on April 28, 2018 by

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  • Case Count: 98
  • States: 22
  • Deaths: 0
  • Hospitalizations: 46
The following updated information is provided by the CDC regarding the Romaine lettuce outbreak.

What’s New?

  • Fourteen more ill people from eight states were added to this investigation since the last update on April 25, 2018.
  • Three more states have reported ill people: Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

•The most recent illness started on April 20, 2018. Illnesses that occurred in the last two to three weeks might not yet be reported because of the time between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported to CDC.


Advice to Consumers:
◦Do not eat or buy romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.
◦Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, do not eat or buy romaine lettuce if you do not know where it was grown.
◦This advice includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it.

• Advice to Restaurants and Retailers: ◦Do not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, baby romaine, organic romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
◦Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.

•CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections.
•Ninety-eight people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 22 states. ◦Forty-six people have been hospitalized, including 10 people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
◦No deaths have been reported.

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