CDC issues nationwide warning about romaine lettuce

WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging consumers to avoid buying romaine lettuce unless they can be sure it’s not from an Arizona region linked to E. coli infections.

The release issued Friday afternoon said restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

Consumers are advised that unless they can be sure their romaine lettuce wasn’t from the same area, they shouldn’t buy it or should throw it away.

“Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at 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 warned in its report.

So far, the CDC has investigated 53 infections in 16 states across the country, including one case in Missouri. Thirty-one of the cases required hospitalization.

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