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Schnucks announces romaine lettuce recall

14 April 2018

Due to a multistate outbreak of E. coli tied to chopped romaine lettuce, food retailer Freshway Foods has issued a recall of its romaine lettuce sold at Schnucks stores.

Health officials say the contaminated lettuce is from Yuma, Arizona.

A multistage outbreak of E. coli prompted a recall of the products, according to the release. Twenty-two of the ill individuals have been hospitalized. Effects include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and vomiting.

Most people recover from the infection in 5 to 7 days, but for some, the infection can be severe and life-threatening.

The warning includes store-bought chopped lettuce, including salad and salad mixes. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away", the CDC said. If you have lettuce and you're not sure whether it's romaine, throw it out.

"Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten".

Schnucks is also voluntarily pulling from the produce departments all Dole salads containing chopped romaine.