Don’t Eat Romaine lettuce Its Harmful To Health

Do not eat romaine lettuce it’s not healthy to peoples health CDC warns U.S. consumers.

No romaine lettuce can be considered safe to eat in America, the CDC warned today.

There is another E. coli outbreak in the US, and the agency has traced it back –

yet again – to the usual suspect: the crunchy and leafy green served across the country.

This time, 32 people in 11 states have been struck down by lettuce-linked E. coli – 13 of whom are receiving hospital treatment.

In all previous outbreaks this year – which resulted in five deaths – the agency has been careful with its wording,

saying officials couldn’t be sure which romaine we should be concerned about.

But now, they aren’t taking chances: the CDC said anyone with romaine at home should throw it away

– even if you’re not sure it’s romaine but suspect it might be.

‘Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more,’ the agency said on Tuesday afternoon.

‘If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it.’

October 8.

Most people infected with E. coli develop diarrhea and vomiting. More severe infections can lead to kidney failure.

The cases in the current outbreak started emerging on October 8.

Thus far, cases have been identified in California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey,

Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

Another 18 people have been sickened by romaine lettuce in the same time period in Ontario and Quebec in Canada.

This strain – E. coli O157: H7 – is the same as the one which caused an outbreak last year from romaine and unspecified leafy greens grown in Canada.

It is not the same strain as the one from Yuma, Arizona, which sickened dozens earlier this year.

Beyond warning consumers, the agency has told all retailers and restaurants to stop serving and selling romaine until they learn more about the outbreak.

‘This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.’

Experts say the warning could have disastrous consequences for all agriculture companies that deal with salad – whether they produce romaine or not.

Michael Droke, a partner at the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney devoted to the areas of agriculture and cooperative law, told

‘A [warning] of this magnitude especially during the holiday week will impact not only romaine but other leafy green vegetables such as spinach.

‘Retailers will be pulling romaine and possibly all other lettuce/leafy greens from their shelves (a process called quarantining) until the source is found.’

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Romaine lettuce is not safe to eat, CDC warns U.S. consumers

Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a food safety alert in response to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli bacteria.

The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased.

Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown.

  It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix.

The unusually broad warning, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners,

reflects the uncertainties about the origin and extent of the bacterial contamination.

The CDC is not claiming that all romaine contains the dangerous bacteria —

something the millions of people who have eaten the popular lettuce recently should bear in mind — but investigators don’t know precisely where,

when or how the contamination happened.

Thus all romaine is suspect.

The CDC reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated romaine.

Of those, 13 have been hospitalized, with one patient suffering from a form of kidney failure.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that 18 people have been infected with the same strain of E. coli. in Ontario and Quebec.

CDC said

No deaths have been reported.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away,

even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC said in the Food Safety Alert issued Tuesday afternoon.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine,

and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine,

including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” the CDC said.

“If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.”

The agency also advised consumers to wash and sanitize drawers and shelves where the lettuce was stored.

People usually become sick within three or four days of consuming lettuce contaminated with the E. coli, according to the CDC.

Scott Gottlieb, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration,

said the looming Thanksgiving holiday weighed on the minds of federal officials as they prepared the food alert.

“I think we felt increased pressure to try to communicate earlier and more substantively with the public given that we know people are going to sit down for holiday meals,” Gottlieb said.

But he acknowledged that it is “frustrating and unfortunate” that the alert has to be so broad, covering all romaine lettuce.

The federal agencies and the industry are trying to improve traceback techniques to narrow down the sources of outbreaks, he said.

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“We need to be able to get consumers more precise information about what they shouldn’t be eating,

rather than these more general alerts.”

California has the highest number of reported illnesses, with 10, followed by Michigan with seven, New Jersey with three, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York with two each,

and the remainder in Connecticut, Maryland, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement saying it is making a special effort to test romaine for contamination across the country.

“The quick and aggressive steps we’re taking today are aimed at making sure we get ahead of this emerging outbreak, to reduce risk to consumers,

and to help people protect themselves and their families from this foodborne illness outbreak.

This is especially important ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when people will be sitting down for family meals,” Gottlieb said.

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