The Centers for Disease Control is issuing a clear, direct warning to consumers: Don’t eat any romaine lettuce at this time due to another E. coli outbreak.
If you have romaine lettuce at home, you are advised to throw it out.
And the CDC is also telling retailers and restaurants not to sell or serve any romaine lettuce for now.
The CDC says 32 cases of the bacterial strain have been reported in 11 states — North Dakota is not one of them. At least 13 people have been hospitalized.
Illnesses were first reported around Oct. 8th and through Oct. 30th.
The CDC is asking consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified yet as the source.
People usually get sick from this particular strain of E. coli 2 to 8 days after ingesting the germ. It can, in some people, produce one type of kidney failure.
The CDC notes that the DNA “fingerprint” of this E. coli bacteria is similar to one that infected romaine lettuce and a variety of leafy greens in 2017.
Earlier this year, another E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce sickened more than 200 people in 36 states (including North Dakota) and resulted in 5 deaths.
The CDC says the E. coli strain in that outbreak was different from the current one.
You can read the CDC’s complete warning here.