By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe


The CDC posted its updated case counts today in the multistate outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked yet again to romaine lettuce. This 2019 E. coli Romaine Lettuce Outbreak is now in 23 states, with 102 illnesses and 58 of those are hospitalized. Ten people have also developed HUS, a severe and potentially deadly complication of E. coli illnesses.

As of now, the CDC advises that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce grown in the Salinas, California, growing region. This is regardless of sell by dates, brands, types, or mixes. In short, stay away from romaine from Salinas, California. Several recalls have been initiated, but likely not all brands have been found just yet during the traceback investigations.

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Meanwhile, the CDC commented that “hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine, which may be labeled as “indoor grown,” from any region does not appear to be related to the current outbreak.”

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