US healt h officials warn people to stay away from Romine as an investigation of the link between the lettuce and an E. coli outbreak
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tweeted on Tuesday afternoon an "Outbreak Alert" saying, "Do not eat romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with Romaine until we learn more. If you do not know if it is Romaine or can not confirm the source, do not eat it.
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The CDC also ordered consumers to throw away the Romaine they may have already bought, even if you ate some of it and nobody got sick, shops and restaurants should not sell it or serve it It is also suggested that areas where the lettuce has been stored be washed and disinfected.
According to the CDC, the outbreak of E. coli has sickened 32 people in eleven states and has not caused any deaths. however, 13 people were hospitalized and one of these patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
The Canadian Public Health Agency has also reported 18 individuals infected with the same E. coli strain
The origin of the eruption is not known, according to The Washington Post and the warning de The CDC was not limited to a particular area. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement claiming they would seek to investigate Romain for contamination throughout the United States.
"The rapid and aggressive steps we are taking today aim to overcome this onset of outbreak, to reduce the risk to consumers and help people, themselves and their families, before the outbreak of food-related Protect disease, "said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. This is especially important before Thanksgiving when people gather for family meals. "