Don't Eat Romaine Lettuce - Here's Why

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 7, 2018

In addition to California, the states include CT (2), IL (1), IN (1), MI (1), Nebraska (1), New Hampshire (2), NY (1), OH (1), Pennsylvania (1), Virginia (1), Vermont (1) and Washington (1).

The Public Health Agency of Canada identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak there, according to the CDC.

"Even though we can't say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreak in the USA, a greater degree of caution is appropriate given that romaine lettuce is nearly always consumed raw", said James Roger, food safety director at Consumer Reports as NBC notes.

The CDC said it's unable to recommend whether Americans should stop eating romaine lettuce, but Consumer Reports issued a warning Wednesday.

The CDC, which last reported on the outbreak on December 28, said 17 people were sick in the 13 states dating back to November. At the time the Public Health Agency of Canada had identified the source of the outbreak as romaine lettuce.

One person in each country has died.

- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections. Yikes! It's worth noting that it's now unclear whether the outbreak is tied to a particular brand or producer of romaine or rather to the leafy green in general.

Thorough cooking usually kills foodborne bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella, but lettuce is not usually cooked. While anyone can get sick from the bacteria, the young, elderly and anyone who has a weakened immune system are at greater risk.

Another possibility is that the E. coli strain causing illness in the United States is actually slightly different from the strain in Canada.

Those infected may experience severe vomiting, diarrhea and high fever and should consult with a doctor.

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