Romaine Outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is advising people not to eat romaine lettuce from northern and central California. If you do not know where your romaine is from, do not eat it.

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Market Square photo - LettuceThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are advising people not to eat romaine lettuce from northern or central California. Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell romaine grown in these regions. If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat it. 

The FDA is currently investigating a multistate outbreak of E.coli linked to romaine lettuce. 

  • Check bags and boxes of romaine for a label identifying where the lettuce was grown. Do not buy, serve, sell, or eat romaine grown in northern or central California. (Romaine grown near Yuma, Imperial and Riverside Counties, Florida, and Mexico are not linked to this outbreak.) 
  • If you do not know where your romaine is from, do not eat it and throw it away (even if you have eaten some and no one has gotten sick). This includes all types of romaine (whole heads, hearts, bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes, baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad). 
  • Wash and sanitize refrigerator drawers and shelves where romaine was stored, following these five tips.
  • If you have symptoms of an E. coli infection, contact your doctor.

For more information and latest developments on the outbreak, visit: 

The FDA 

CDC


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