Food and Drink

Hold the Romaine Lettuce

This leafy green is on the radar for possible E.coli food poisoning

You may want to put your love for romaine lettuce on hold for awhile. Consumer Reports recently put the public on notice after it learned 59 people in the United States and Canada were infected with E.coli, which they possibly contracted after eating romaine lettuce.

Within the last two months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that people became sick in 13 states, including;

California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.

The CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are trying to pinpoint the exact region of where the strain of E.coli is coming from and if romaine lettuce is the source .

While Florida is not on the list, food safety experts at Consumer Reports highly recommend people stay away from romaine lettuce all together.

To be on the safe side, Consumer Reports suggests throwing out any romaine lettuce you may have in your fridge. It also warns not to purchase packaged, loose or mixed salads that may have romaine lettuce.

Symptoms of E.coli usually start within three to 10 days after consumption.

The CDC suggest paying your doctor a visit if you are going through an episode of severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting or if you have a high fever.

In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted on CDC and the FDAs findings of where the source of the latest E.coli outbreak is coming from.