The CDC tracked the infections across eleven states to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, but no brand or grower has been identified, according to the CDC. Cases of illness showing E. coli symptoms have been reported in Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report an additional 35 cases in 11 states, with 22 hospitalizations.
Consumers anywhere in the US who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should not eat it and throw it away - even if you have eaten some of it already. Officials also warned about salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce.
"Individuals with this infection usually get better within about 5 to 7 days, however some illnesses can be serious or even life-threatening", Dr. Shereef Elnahal, commissioner of the state Department of Health, said in a statement.
This is not the first time romaine lettuce were linked to the spread of E. coli. Those symptoms are often accompanied by a low fever.
People typically get sick three to four days after eating contaminated food, according to the CDC.
If you or a loved one have been sickened with an E. coli O157:H7 infection or hemolytic uremic syndrome after eating chopped romaine lettuce, contact our experienced attorneys for help at 1-888-377-8900. Illnesses started on dates ranging from March 22, 2018 to March 31, 2018. Twenty-six (93%) of 28 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started.
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Lettuce from restaurants is suspected to be affected, as well as bagged and pre-chopped lettuce from stores. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and vomiting.
The FDA recommends that consumers ask restaurants and other food service establishments where their romaine lettuce originated, and avoid chopped romaine lettuce that originated from Yuma, Arizona.
"Consumer Reports is making this recommendation given the potentially fatal consequences of E. coli, the fact that there are still several unknowns about this outbreak, and that no type of romaine has been ruled definitively safe by government officials", Consumer Reports Director of Food Safety Research and Testing James E. Rogers, Ph.D., said.
Over the weekend, stores such as Walmart, Sam's Club, and Giant Eagle issued recalls for romaine lettuce products, including those sold in the catering, restaurant, and salad bar areas.
However, the Warren County Health Department had confirmed that Panera Bread restaurants were part of a "regional investigation" into the E. coli outbreak, but that other chains could also be involved.