Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

If you have romaine lettuce in your fridge, throw it away. Now

If you have romaine lettuce in your fridge, throw it away. Now

The advice includes all types of romaine lettuce including salad mixes that contain romaine.

All of those cases have been linked to romaine lettuce, and the CDC said consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce of any kind, as "no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified".

If you were planning to make a salad for Thanksgiving, it's probably best you steer clear of romaine lettuce.

Health officials warned Tuesday that all romaine lettuce should be thrown away amid a multistate outbreak of E. coli bacteria. One of the hospitalized people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening form of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The CDC also said consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away.

So far, the CDC says people in 11 states have become sick - but the alert is effective nationwide.

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The CDC said they are investigating and information will be updated as more information becomes available.

"CDC is advising that USA consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak". Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

The strain is different than the one linked to romaine lettuce earlier this year. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8 to October 31.

Most E. coli bacteria are benign but some can cause illness, with symptoms including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

The government agency issued an alert Tuesday afternoon explaining that as of November 20, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the illness - three in Ontario and 15 in Quebec.

Individuals should seek medical help if diarrhea lasts for more than three days or if it is accompanied by high fever, blood in the stool or an inability to keep liquids down because of vomiting.

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