Throw away all your romaine lettuce, no matter where it’s from — CDC

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2018

"People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak", the federal agency said.

Health Canada released public health notice to Canadians, warning consumers to avoid eating packaged romaine lettuce while an investigation into and outbreak of E. coli infections in Ontario, Quebec, and several US states continues. Of those, 13 people have been hospitalized and one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. They were infected from October 8, 2018 through October 31, 2018.

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

Consumers are also advised to throw away any romaine lettuce in their refrigerator.


If you think you've gotten ill from eating lettuce, please talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

The warning comes just months after romaine lettuce was linked to E.coli which sickened dozens across the country, and even led to five deaths.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

The warning includes all types of romaine lettuce and any salad mix that contains romaine lettuce.


The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same strain of of E. coli in Ontario and Quebec. Toss it. In fact, the alert includes advice on how to clean your refrigerator if romaine has been inside it recently.

Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.

32 people from 11 states have been infected, but Kentucky has yet to report a case. Some people may develop a fever.


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