Was there something that you missed while shopping for this year’s Thanksgiving meal? Well, if it was romaine lettuce for the salad that you were planning on serving, then don’t feel too bad. Romaine lettuce was recalled once again for an E-Coli outbreak.
Two days before Thanksgiving, the FDA ordered stores across the nation to remove all romaine lettuce from shelves due to an E-Coli outbreak that is believed to have started in California, according to a tweet sent out by FDA commissioner, Scott Gottlieb.
32 people across 11 different states were sick by the time the recall was issued and this only comes less than 6 months after the first e-coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce that got hundreds sick and killed five people. That outbreak orignated in the Yuma, Arizona region. FDA did note that the current outbreak was not related to the one from Yuma.
Another 18 people in Canada have also gotten sick from the same e-coli outbreak that is affecting the United States.
Common symptoms of e-coli include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. However, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, they usually disappear after a week.
For those who enjoy eating a salad, you might have to deal with spinach leaves until this newest outbreak has been contained.
While the salmonella outbreak in the Eastern half of the U.S. is almost over, there has been another outbreak, this time in Arizona and Alaska.
The Center for Disease Control sent out a warning not to eat any romaine lettuce from Arizona after more than 50 people got sick due to an outbreak of E. coli that has spread to 16 states across the country.
This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salad mixes that may contain romaine, the CDC said in their warning.
The romaine lettuce that is causing the E. coli outbreak is from the Yuma, Arizona area but a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has not been identified as of now.
The CDC is telling people they shouldn’t eat lettuce if they don’t know if the lettuce is “romaine” or not and instead should just throw it away.
This is the second outbreak in months that deals with romaine lettuce. However, the CDC didn’t release a warning to consumers which in return led to them getting criticized by Consumer Reports.
An infection from E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, bloody stool, and vomiting. The bacteria can also be spread by contaminated water (always boil if unsure), animal manure, or uncooked beef.
It is not certain if we have seen the last of the E. coli outbreak with romaine lettuce, but you should take precautions right now when it comes to romaine lettuce. If you are unsure about the lettuce in the fridge, throw it out.