CDC Warns Against Eating Romaine Lettuce; Likely Source of E. Coli Outbreak

November 20, 2018


The CDC has announced that consumers throughout the United States and Canada to not eat romaine lettuce after 32 people in 11 states were infected with a strain of E. coli O157:H7.


In the United States, 13 people have been hospitalized, including one with a form of kidney failure. In Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified 18 infected people in Ontario and Quebec. So far, no deaths have been reported in either country.


The CDC has said that this outbreak is the same strain as that from a 2017 E. coli outbreak linked to leafy greens in the United States and romaine lettuce in Canada. However, this outbreak is not related to the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce earlier this year.


Currently there is no specific supplier, grower, distributor, or brand that has been identified as the source of the outbreak. The CDC is also requesting that restaurants and retailers not serve or sell any romaine lettuce until the agencies involved in the outbreak investigation know more about it.




According to the CDC, symptoms of E. coli infection include:

  • Stomach cramps;

  • Diarrhea (often bloody);

  • Vomiting;

  • Low-grade fever

​Symptoms can begin to show anywhere between 1 and 10 days after eating something that has been contaminated with E. coli.



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