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CDC issues another romaine lettuce warning

The Week logo The Week 23/11/2019 Tim O'Donnell
a bowl of fruit and vegetable salad: Romaine lettuce. © Scott Olson/Getty Images Romaine lettuce.

It's been a tough run for romaine lettuce.

Nearly a year to the day from when a similar warning was issued in 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned retailers and consumers Friday not to sell or eat any romaine lettuce in any form from Salinas, California. At least 40 cases of E. coli infection that occurred nationwide were linked to products from the region.

Those affected began to fall ill between Sept. 24 and Nov. 10. No deaths have been reported, but five people have reportedly developed hemolytic uremic syndrome from infections, and several agencies want people to take the proper precautions, especially as Thanksgiving approaches. The Food and Drug Administration said in a statement Friday that investigators are heading out to Salinas to look for the source of the contamination. The salads from Salinas were shipped to 20 states and reportedly have the number "EST.18502B" inside the Agriculture Department mark of inspection.

This is the third straight year there's been a romaine-associated E. coli outbreak, Forbes notes. Read more at The New York Times and Forbes.


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