All Romaine Lettuce has been deemed unsafe to eat by the CDC
Romaine Lettuce is banned for the time being due to a mass E. Coli Outbreak
There has been a multi-state E. Coli outbreak caused by Romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has deemed it as unsafe to eat for the time being and is asking everyone (restaurants, consumers, and grocery retailers) to dispose of all romaine lettuce. Whether it’s whole head, romaine hearts, boxes of romaine or salad mixes that use romaine - everything needs to be thrown out (even if it was eaten without making you ill).
The CDC has not yet identified where the E. coli outbreak is coming from, so certain romaine lettuces could be okay - but it isn’t safe to take your chances. An E. Coli outbreak is serious business and five people died earlier this year from an E. Coli outbreak in Arizona.
Currently, there have been 32 cases of E. Coli reported from 11 different states. At least 13 of those people have been hospitalized. Most of the cases come from California, other cases of E. Coli have been reported in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This outbreak is not only affecting the US - there have also been nearly 20 people that have become sick in Canada.
Long story short, throw out your romaine lettuce. What do you think about this E. coli outbreak? Let us know in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more food news and other entertaining reads.