E.coli Outbreak Linked to Lettuce, Check Labels When Buying

Map showing cases of E.coli poisoning in November 2019
Identified cases across the US as of November 21 CDC

The CDC is investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.coli originating from romaine lettuce products produced in Salinas, California. Shop carefully to avoid some Thanksgiving food poisoning.

It’s not just plain old romaine lettuce, but all the related products consumers should look out for. From the CDC announcement:

This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

They advise everyone to check the labels on the bags of romaine-based products they have at home and dispose of them if the labeling indicates they originated in Salina, California. Also, check bags at the market. Although there’s a recall underway and many of the products have been pulled already, it’s better to play it safe rather than take a missed bag home to make a holiday salad.

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