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KC stores pull romaine lettuce after warning

Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 20:42:53-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On the heels of Thanksgiving weekend, shoppers are finding warning signs instead of Romaine lettuce.

Store managers at Sun Fresh in Westport voluntarily pulled romaine lettuce from their shelves following the CDC warning Tuesday advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce because it could be contaminated with E. coli. The CDC stopped short of issuing a recall

Sun Fresh customer Tom Sawyer said, "It’s sad. I know a lot of people are preparing for Thanksgiving and have salads and stuff like that but for now, I’m going to stick with my spinach.”

Other grocery stores in the Kansas City metro also voluntarily pulled romaine lettuce from their store shelves. 32 people have been sickened by romaine lettuce. 13 of them are in the hospital. 

“It is scary because we have salads at Thanksgiving. We have even in going out to eat there’s an issue because a lot of things are made with romaine,” said Candy Rojas.

The deadly romaine lettuce recall earlier this year claimed five lives. 

“It has killed before. So that’s scary. It’s a scary thing but I’m glad that the store is taking the precautions to pull them off the shelves,” Rojas said. 

Other shoppers said the new warning about romaine lettuce makes them concerned about the safety of other fresh fruits and vegetables. They are hoping the CDC will solve the problem so consumers can feel safe again about their food supply.