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Tainted romaine lettuce consisting of E coli from Arizona

Tainted romaine lettuce consisting of E coli from Arizona

No one should eat romaine lettuce - or any lettuce at all - unless they can be sure it's not from Arizona, federal health officials said Friday.

The CDC noted that product labels often don't identify growing regions; any lettuce not marked should be tossed, even if part of it has been eaten and nobody became ill. While the warnings focus on store-bought romaine lettuce, the warning does extend to all restaurants, as well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning customers to stay away from all forms of romaine lettuce, as the scope of its investigation into an E. coli outbreak grows.

The latest warning came after eight prisoners at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, came down with acute gastroenteritis caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli) O157:H7 bacteria. As of yet, the infected states include: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington and Alaska.

The CDC sent out this missive at 4PM EST on the 20th of April and immediately warns consumers and service industry members that are in possession of Romaine lettuce to throw it away.

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No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified, according to the CDC.

Forty-one (95%) of 43 people interviewed reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started.

The current CDC warnings cover whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, as well as chopped romaine, salads and salad mixes that contain romaine. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.

The FDA is continuing to investigate this outbreak and will share more information as it becomes available. The bacteria can be spread by contaminated water, animal manure or in undercooked beef. 31 people have been hospitalized, including five people who have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The CDC recommends going to a healthcare provider if E.coli infection symptoms begin to show, and to report the illness to the health department.

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