You’ve probably heard that there’s an E. coli outbreak in the U.S. that’s been linked to romaine lettuce. The government thinks the lettuce is from the Yuma, Arizona area, but they’re not sure the specific grower, supplier, or distributor. So now, the CDC warns us not to eat any romaine lettuce unless we know where it comes from – and specifically, that we avoid any that’s grown in the Copper State.
The advisory includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as chopped and bagged romaine and salad mixes that include romaine. Still, Consumer Reports is advising folks to avoid ALL romaine lettuce because “it’s unrealistic to expect consumers to figure out whether their romaine was produced in Arizona.” (But you can look on the packaging…just sayin)
The CDC says it can take around three to four days after coming into contact with E.coli before you start feeling symptoms. So far at least 64 people in 16 states have been infected with the same E. coli strain and 31 of them have been hospitalized. So for once, you’re healthier not eating the lettuce.
Source: CBS News