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CDC: Don't Eat Romaine Lettuce, Period

No matter where it's from
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2018 2:36 PM CST
Romaine lettuce should be off limits this Thanksgiving, warns the CDC.   (Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – One thing you'll want to avoid on Thanksgiving—or at any time in the near future—is romaine lettuce. The CDC issued an alert two days before the holiday warning that no romaine is safe to eat as an E. coli outbreak spreads, reports NBC News. It doesn't matter where the romaine is from or even if you or a loved one has eaten some and not gotten sick. The advice from the CDC is the same: Toss it. A bag of mixed salad that includes romaine? Toss it. In fact, the alert includes advice on how to clean your refrigerator if romaine has been inside it recently. So far, 32 people in 11 states have gotten sick, and 13 required hospitalization. No deaths have been reported.

"This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad," the CDC said. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away." (Tainted water was blamed in a different outbreak involving romaine earlier this year.)

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